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Shildon – Weardale Tuesday Walks

30 April

This walk takes us  out of the River Wear catchment to the historic railway town of Shildon. It commences at the Locomotion Museum car park and follows the route of the Black Boy incline over the escarpment to Eldon Lane before crossing the Bishop Auckland/Darlington line via the footbridge towards Adelaide/Busty Bank. Crossing the main road we pass through fields to Coppy Crooks Farm and to Haggs Lane, the old Roman Road. Walking south up Haggs Lane, we meet the intersection with the Brussleton Incline, the original S&DR route, to turn east towards Shildon. We pass through the old hamlet of Brussleton and walk through the remains of Shildon Waggon Work, to emerge at the Mason’s Arms Crossing. From that point a short walk down the original S&DR line takes us back to Locomotion Musuem.
Meet up:  The car park of the Locomotion Museum,Shildon Post code  code   DL4 2RE.
Leader:  Peter Stephenson
Length: 6.3 miles.
Ascent/descent: 469 feet


Start:  10.15 am  Approx finish time:  1.15 pm

Terrain: Pavement, tarmac, old railway lines, country tracks.
Equipment: Good walking boots, waterproofs, hat, sticks if needed, packed lunch, water/drinks.
Cut off points: As the initial walk takes us through Shildon town, it’s quite easy to retrace or find another route back to the museum. At Eldon Lane a bus stops, which returns to Shildon. Crossing to Adelaide/ Busty Bank another bus service returns to Shildon, walking is also an option. The main road at Coppy Crooks Farm also has a bus service returning to Shildon. If you decide on any of these options please check the local timetable and stops.


Disclaimer: Everyone taking part in any of our group walks does so at their own risk.  The group works on the same basis as a group of friends who go out walking together.  Walk organisers accept no risk for anyone attending any walk and will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring on a walk or in connection with travel to and from a walk.  None of our leaders is qualified or has first aid training.  Participants must read the walk description carefully and assess whether the terrain, distance and height gain of the walk are within their own and their guests’ capabilities and whether their equipment is suitable.


30 April
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