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.
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.
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
Run by: Diane Garbutt & Stuart Brown
Diane and Stuart who used to be at the Bonny Moorhen have now bought this lovely old pub with open fires and real ales. It's been refurbished with a 10-bed bunkhouse and is ideally placed at the foot of Crawleyside. Continental breakfast and free takeaway delivery service for pizzas, Indian and Chinese meals. Ideally located at the foot of Crawleyside Bank for the last big haul of the ride. It's a cracking pint and once you've conquered Crawleyside Bank the following morning, it's all downhill.
Rooms: 1 X 10-bed bunkhouse.
B&B: £25. Secure cycle storage.
address : 17 West Terrace, Stanhope, Co Durham DL13 2PB
telephone : 01388 526337
mobile : 07885 676575
Run by: Dawn & Andy Clarke
Under new ownership from 2014, this is a warm and welcoming B&B, an ideal place to relax in before
Rooms: 1T, 1D/S, 1King.
B&B: from £40pp for D or T. Single occ. £55.
Eve meal: no - plenty of pubs nearby.
Pk lunch: yes.
Secure cycle storage.
Run by: Mrs Liz Curry
Good for groups up to 16, and built originally in the 14th century as the Prince Bishop of Durham's hunting lodge, a warm welcome awaits you at Horsley Hall Country House. Now a family run hotel and set in picturesque Weardale only a mile or so from the route, it is on a back road loop from Rookhope to Stanhope and is a great place to celebrate your last night in style. Relax by the log fires in the lounge and dine in splendour in the Baronial Hall, which can seat up to 50. All food is home cooked and locally sourced, professionally produced by Liz who is a trained master chef. Luxury accommodation caters for 12 guests. All bedrooms are en-suite with both showers & baths. Licensed bar.
Rooms: 4T, 1S, 2D.
B&B: from £57.50 if sharing.
Eve meal: from £14. 3-courses for £20. Pre-booking recommended.
Lunch: from £10.50.
Pk lunch: from £4.50.
Secure lock up. Wash down facilities.
VisitBritain 5-stars Silver Award.
Taste of Durham. Licensed bar and wine cellar.
The Bonny Moor Hen
Run by: Zara & Tom
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP as of May 2018. Different vibe - cycle friendly rather than late night heavy metal. Zara has worked widely in the pub and catering business in Spain and Tom hails from the Dublin pub scene where they know a thing or two about hospitality. Food is home cooked and proving a great success. Everything on the menu costs less than a tenner and you can get change from a fiver for many of the dishes. Beds can be juggled to accommodate groups.
Rooms: 1 (1D+3S), 2F (1D+1S), 2T. Most en-suite.
B&B: £35 ppn.
Eve meal: Yes. Food served all day. Pse give notice if you are going to be arriving late.
Pk lunch: yes.
On route. Secure storage.
Washing & drying facilities.
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.