AboutLink up the Loops - Consett to Chester-le-Street Cycle Route is a 25 mile challenging cycle route mostly off-road. It is marked on the Durham County Council North Durham Cycle Map as CDN5.
Start at Lydgett's Junction near Consett and follow the Lanchester Valley Railway Path (NCN 14) via Lanchester to Langley Park, close to Diggerland.
Then follow mostly minor roads and off-road links past Witton Gilbert (near Broom House Forest Adventure Trail) and Edmondsley (near Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Land) then past Waldridge Fell Country Park towards Chester-le-Street (Ankers House Museum and St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church).
Then join NCN Route 7 and head back to Consett passing Beamish Museum and close to Beamish Wild Adventure Park and High Ropes Course.
This route passes near to the following Taste Durham establishments:
Knitsley Farm Granary Cafe - Consett, Broom House Coffee Shop - near Witton Gilbert, Austin's Bar and Bistro - Chester-le-Street, Black Horse - Beamish, The Stables - Beamish Hall Hotel and Dainty Dinah Tea Rooms and Davy's Fried Fish and Chip Potato Restaurant at Beamish Museum.
Route taken from Durham County Council North Cycle Map.
- Grade (Strenuous)
- In countryside
- In town/city centre
- Outdoor Attraction
- Route Surface (Grassy Track/Tarmac Road) - For part of the route.
- Route Surface (On Road) - For part of the route.
- Route Surface (Railway Path/Walkers/Horses/Villages/Roads) - For part of the route.
- Route Surface (Road and Surfaced Path) - For part of the route.
- Route Surface (Traffic free Railway path/Kids) - For part of the route.
- Route Surface (Traffic free/Cycle Path/Walkers) - For part of the route.
- Suitable For (Any Bike)
- Time (Full Day)
- Distance: Over 20 Miles
- Grade: Hard
- Route Surface: Off Road
- Route Surface: On Road
- Route Surface: Railway Path