C2C - Route 7

Route Section: Alston > Consett

From Start: 155km (97m) | From Finish: 69km (43m)


Consett 18km (11m)

Newcastle 46km (29m)


Out of Standhope

  • The B6278 hives off to the left at the Grey Bull, before you get to the centre of Stanhope.

  • This is a 2 mile climb, the hardest on the route.

  • But once you have reached Parkhead Station at Mile Marker 100 it is all downhill to the end.

So clearly, if you have come into Stanhope you need to go back out the way you came in and turn right onto the B6278.

About Stanhope

This was a sleepy backwater that reaped the rail reward from the zinc, lead and silver mines previously mentioned. Originally a Bronze Age settlement, it was a tiny village around a cobbled market square until the Stanhope & Tyne Railway was built to transport the industrial produce to Consett and Cleveland along the Waskerley Way.

Before the railways, all raw materials were transported by pack horses. Teams of tough little Galloway horses would pick their way over the Pennines and then down into the valleys, the lead horse often having a bell attached to its harness to guide the following horses across the mist-cloaked moors.

Things to do

Durham Dales Visitor Centre Delightful café. 01388 527 650.

Castle Gardens.

Fossilised tree at St Thomas's Church 350 mil ion years old, found in 1914 in an Edmundbyers mine.

St Thomas's Church 12th century origins complete with Roman altar and Saxon font.

Where To Sleep

The Packhorse Inn

Run by: Sarah Roper

NOW SERVING FOOD! Getting to be one of the most popular stop-offs along the route, now with a 9-berth dorm and more improvements in the pipework. There's also a sun trap of a south-facing beer garden! 

Sarah is keen to focus on the C2C, offering traditional bar meals, with real ales. Comfortable and competitively priced rooms with secure storage for your cycles overnight. Large group room & twin rooms for cycle parties of up to 15 people with Friday and Saturday night entertainment. Give yourself a real head-start with a hearty full English breakfast. A Warm and Friendly welcome awaits you.


Rooms:  1 dorm sleeps 9. 1F (sleeps 4 in a double bunk with single on top plus 1 single). 1D/T. 1T 

B&B:  £35pppn. Single: from £45. 

Eve meal:  Pre-book. 

Pk lunch:  Pre-book.

Secure lock up.  Washing & drying facilities upon request.

address : 8 Market Place, Stanhope, Co Curham, DL13 2UJ

telephone : 01388 528407