Beamish and Causey Arch - 2018
The wonderful weather we have enjoyed this Summer continued and it was another beautiful morning as we met at the Causey Arch Picnic area to begin the walk. Mark introduced himself and Sue and Tony (Shepherds Walks volunteers) and outlined the route which would incorporate the Causey Arch, Tanfield Railway, Beamish Open Air Museum and Beamish Hall.
We set off walking up through the Causey gorge following the burn and arrived at the impressive Arch where Mark gave a brief outline of its history, its construction and purpose. Our route continued following the Causey burn before crossing the Tanfield railway and heading over farmland. As we approached the road, Mark talked about the railway and its importance in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The path here was overgrown, and continued to be until we hit the quiet country lane which took us to Beamish woods. At the entrance to the museum we stopped for lunch at a designated picnic area.
The route took us round the edge of Beamish Museum and down to the Beamish Burn which was followed until we arrived at the impressive Beamish Hall. Mark delivered further summaries about the history of the museum and the hall.
The last section was a gentle climb on a farm track to the Causey Inn and from there back to the picnic area and the cars and a welcome ice cream for some of us!
All walkers confirmed this was a most interesting and enjoyable walk.
Mark - 6 Aug 2018
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