Into the North East: Beamish to Sunderland (C2C Day 6)

Beamish Tram Beamish Tram

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The section of ride through the industrial North East is lined with themed sculpture like these Transformers

A North East Welcome: Beamish to Sunderland
C2C Day 6

Stuart66 Into the North East: Beamish to Sunderland (C2C Day 6)

Day 6 of our C2C winter ride across England and it should have been our last. The route guide says it is should be the easiest day, downhill almost all the way, but we stayed a little off route, had an unexpected struggle up Blackhill, near Consett and an an extended stop at Beamish, the excellent Open Air Living Museum of the North, to protest at the eviction of the Silksworth colliery miners. By the time we’d done all that and fixed another puncture it was already dark. The kids were ready to drop by the time we reached our accommodation at the Premier Inn,  Sunderland, still four miles from the end of the route. You’ve got to know when you’re beat so we called it a day and decided to tackle the last few miles with fresh legs in the morning.

Beamish – a great introduction to industrial North East

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The route passes Beamish, the brilliant Open Air Living Museum of the North

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Beamish is a living museum that recreates life in the North East in years gone by

A living museum and a living education

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You can ride the trams, visit the dentist, the shops, pub, bank, colliery and pit village

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With everyday life and historical events brought to life by staff in period dress
Read more about our visit to Beamish

We seem to have walked into a strike

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By the time we’d finished protesting against the evictions of the Silksworth miners…

Beyond Beamish lies present day Sunderland

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It was already late in the day. Luckily the riding down towards Sunderland was easy

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Winding through built up areas with a more urban and industrial feel

Industrial sculptures line the C2C route

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Reflected in the sculptures on the route

One more puncture slows us down

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Glass on the route, a symptom of urban living meant last minute delays

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And with tired and cold kids we decided it best to call it a day
before we’d reached the route end

And then it’s onto the route end..

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Which is how we ended up not quite at the end of the route.
With a few miles left for the morning.

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We did this C2C ride across England, from Workington to Sunderland, as part of our Family Adventure Capital Season. We’re exploring different ways families can adventure together in and around Cumbria, sharing ideas and inspiration to encourage families to get out, get active and adventure together.
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Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project and is our chief photographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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  1. D Cupryna February 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Found your blog through my son and now using his account to say well done on your winter ride. My DH and I use our tandem only in the cold weather. He gets cold waiting for me to catch up. We are still cycling together after 40 years so we must have done something right. Can’t wait to get out cycle camping so reading your blog has helped to keep my “cabin fever” at bay.
    Brenda in the Boro

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