C2C - Route 7 Loop

Route Section: Alston > Consett

From Start: 154km (96m) | From Finish: 72km (45m)


Stanhope 5km (3m)

Consett 24km (15m)


  • Simply continue long Front St out of Rookhope and do NOT take the left fork for Route 7. You will shortly cross Rookhope Burn.

  • In a couple of miles you will be in Eastgate, where the increasingly popular Cross Keys pub provides accommodation, camping, food and excellent beer.

  • You will be almost passing the door of the pub if you are on the Weardale Alternative.

About the place

Eastgate is a couple of miles east of Stanhope, where you will rejoin the official route. As accommodation in this part of the world is limited, the expansion of the Cross Keys is indeed welcome.

Eastgate originally marked the eastern border of the vast hunting park of the Prince Bishops of Durham. The founder of the world's first department store was born in the village - one Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, of Bainbridge's in Newcastle.

Where To Sleep

Cross Keys

Run by: Elaine & Gerry Stallard

Friendly country inn with lots of character the cross keys dates back to 1617 and is a real gem of a traditional co Durham pub. The rooms have recently been refurbished  to a comfortable and high standard and all have en-suite, central heating, flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities. Enjoy a drink in the bar by the open fire, or have a meal in the dining room. The Cross Keys enjoys catering for cyclists.

Rooms: 4T/D (zip-link into K-size doubles). 2F with 4S. Up to 16 adults catered for in single beds.

B&B: £32.50 to £60 (single occ). Family rooms £110.

Lunch and eve meals: yes - from £6 to £13.50.

Pk lunch: by arrangement.

Secure lock up.

Drying facilities.

address : Eastgate, Weardale, Co Durham DL13 2HW

telephone : 01388 517234

mobile : 07881 553454

email: info@crosskeyseastgate.co.uk