Biking Coast to Coast Family Adventure Capital

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

Written by Stuart Wickes

A North East Welcome: 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


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


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

A living museum and a living education

Beamish Tram

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


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


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

Beyond Beamish lies present day Sunderland


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

C2C Sunderland

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

Industrial sculptures line the C2C route

C2C Sunderland

Reflected in the sculptures on the route

One more puncture slows us down

Mending a puncture on C2C

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

Kids relax on C2C

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..

Sign to No Place

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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See more of our Winter Coast to Coast (C2C) Photo Journals

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.
Got some ideas for things we should try? Let us know.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

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. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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