29 December 2013

Christmas Walks

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We hope everyone had a good Christmas, lots of nice treats and presents. We had new dogs beds, because Rosie loves digging and has worn holes in the old ones. Very nice  for  snuggling up in front of the fire after a good walk. We’re keeping our fitness up ready for next week at Seaton Carew beach.As in previous years we have been exploring railway paths over the holiday period (less muddy).111
We go to the open air museum at Beamish quite a bit, and never usually get time to explore the local area. We had a good walk there on Boxing day through Hellhole wood (we assume something to do with the mining heritage?) and then Carrickshill wood, before returning along part of the Consett and Sunderland Railway path. We always find interesting things on this route, which we were not expecting; sculptures made from old machinery.

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We liked these cows, which were near the Beamish car park.Today we had a nice walk along  the Deerness Valley Path between Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning, 2 former mining communities. The railways must have been closed for a longer time than the Consett and Sunderland railway from the age of the woodland. It was a lovely walk past some really gnarled old trees
We hope you all have a lovely new year and look forward to seeing everyone at the beach next week 
Love from Sarah and Tony with Ed, Ossie, Rosie and Jasper

You certainly have a lot of lovely walks in you area, the machinery sculptures look like something from a Dr Who story!  Kepping everything crossed the weather is dry and sunny for the beach walk at Seaton Carew, don’t forget your camera.

3 comments:

DEREK LEWIS "THE MAKEM" said...

Hello Folks

The old line at Beamish was the Tyne Dock to Consett
line used to carry iron ore delivered to the Tyne. Sailed on some of the ships that brought the ore. You can either follow the line further east down to the mouth of the Wear by branching off at Fatfield or walk west and end up at Stanhope.

Sarah and Tony said...

It's an excellent path, with sheltered bits in cuttings for windy days and open parts with good views. The line only closed in1985, the surface is excellent because it's part of the national cycle network. The woods were nice too, but a bit busy with lots of like minded Boxing Day walkers

k9 said...

Woof, Woof, Woof (great walking scenery old railway cuttings we had the silkin way in Telford which was the same from Sapphire and Jazz