C2C - Route 7

Route Section: Alston > Consett

From Start: 173km (108m) | From Finish: 51km (32m)


Newcastle 32km (20m)

Sunderland 46km (29m)


  • The Way crosses the A68. This is Castleside. Here you will find the excellent Castleneuk guest house.

About Castleside

This village straddles the A68 and is close to Consett, high up on the Durham moors. It leads down into the former steel down via Moorside. It marks the entry from the wilderness into the great industrial hinterland that boomed throughout the industrial revolution before the smelters and pits closed in the 1980s and the area sadly lost much of its raison d'être.

Where To Sleep

Bee Cottage

Run by: David Blackburn & Irene Mordey

One of the favoured watering holes of seasoned C2Cers, Bee Cottage is a 4-star licensed guesthouse with stunning views across Co Durham. On a bend in the Waskerley Way just beyond Park Head Plantation, it is on the edge of a pretty little coppice at Redhouse Farm, a couple of miles before the A68 at Castleside. Warm welcome. You can eat, drink and sleep soundly here - a 'one-stop-shop.'  And you can book online directly.  

Rooms : 2D, 2T, 4F (8 en-suite).

B&B: from£35-£50. Single occ supplement.

Eve meal: 3-courses £20. Alcohol license.

Pk lunch: yes.

Secure cycle storage. Distance from route: 400 metres.

Visit Britain 4-star & Cyclists Welcome Scheme.

Drying facilities.

address : Castleside, Consett, Co. Durham, DH8 9HW

telephone : 01207 508224


The Manor House Inn

Run by: Chris Baxter

Food served all day here, great local real ales plus accommodation at this excellent addition to the guide, bang on the Muggleswick Common alternative to Waskerley Way. Just 4 miles from Castleside and Shotley Bridge, ideal for road bikes avoiding the off-road section from Parkhead to Consett. 18th century coaching inn with picnic terrace overlooking the Derwent Valley. Local produce includes game and wild fish and food comes highly recommended, from bar snacks to à la carte.




Rooms: 4D/T, 1F.

B&B: from £37.50.

Single occ: £55.

Eve meal: bar and restaurant (mains from around £10).

Pk lunch: yes. Secure lock-up and drying facilities.

address : Carterway Heads, Northumbria DH8 9LX

telephone : 01207 255268



Run by: Andy Bell & Malcolm Potts

Cosy, comfortable and warm offering a 3-course evening meal for £15. Andy and Malcolm are keen to welcome C2Cers and walkers. They ran a B&B on Skye, moving to Castleneuk at the start of 2018. The house has been stylishly renovated and dinner might typically include salmon mousse, Balmoral chicken, sticky toffee pudding or cheese with vegetarian options. Has been awarded 4* Guest House status by Visit England.

Rooms : 4. 2 kingsize and 2D/T (ziplock mattresses).

B&B : from £31.75 per person if sharing.

Eve meal : 1-course £9.50; 2-courses £12; 3-courses £15.

Pk lunch : yes Secure lock-up

address : 18-20 Front St, Castleside, Consett, DH8 9AR

telephone : 01207 583634