Waskerley Way

Following the line of the Stanhope and Tyne Railway this is a pleasant walk of 10 miles passing over the grouse moors above Stanhope taking in great views of Waskerley and Smiddy Shaw reservoirs before descending towards Consett where the path passes through Burnhill Nature Reserve. Should you so wish, there are plenty of scenic stops, each of the old stations providing car parking and picnicking facilities. One such, Rowley Station, was taken down brick by brick and rebuilt at Beamish Museum. The final section crossing Hownsgill Viaduct is a fitting end to a pleasurable jaunt. Unfortunately, the viaduct has had to be encased in fencing presumably to stop suicide attempts, and Samaritans’ details are liberally placed in the area. However, it still affords great views back towards Castleside and the Derwent Valley. The walk offers one last point of interest finishing at Lydgetts Junction where you are met by a sizeable former smelting wagon and a network of railway paths.

If you carry on up the hill into Consett you will also come across Hownsgill Park, a former industrial site, home to Terris Novalis, two tall stainless steel sculptures of surveying equipment created by the Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg.

External Links:

LDWA Page for Waskerley Way

Durham County Council leaflet (pdf)

Associated Railway History from Disused Stations