Ah yes, that's Bowes line, all my long runs head up there aswell.
Theres......3 ways that I know of that link you into Beamish.
The first is at the top of Kibblesworth as you break out on the 2nd road crossing. At this point you have to take a left an run maybe 1/2 mile down the road and on the right opens up a fairly large track into Beamish woods.
Second is about 1/4 mile past the 3rd road crossing on your left, can be hard to spot as sometimes get over grown. Its marked up as hedley wood and is part of the sculpture trail. Its boggy as hell most of the time so you may need to detour through a field that may or may not involve taking chase of a gang of horses and hurdling a few barb wire fences.
Third is from a small trail accessed from the road that runs past the Beamish park hotel. You have to run all the way up to Tanfield railway and track along pavement/roads for a bit(not nice,lol)
All 3 eventually kick you out at.....Beamish hall which means another 15 mins or so hitting tarmac before you can access the c2c line.
Cheers for the replies guys, yeah its Newcastle/Gateshead that i was wondering about.
Tim, what you've mentioned sounds similar to where i plod about. I use the Bowes railway line then link into Beamish, Tanfield, Watergate park etc. Not ventured over to Causey arch as with my run being an out n back its a canny old hike. That being said ive done a few walks around there looking for trails to link up to make some loops rather than out n backs. Have you ventured on the old railway that runs from Wardley through Washington, over the Wear? Its a bit of an ankle breaker....and boring being pretty much flat all the way but im sure i spyed some trails leading off from it.
Andy AFCB, 20 miler on the Tanfield! Where does that start/finish? I usually hit it at the Railway station then follow down to Watergate but lose it there. Sounds like theres more i need to know about.
Ive also kinda of managed to link from Tanfield railway to a trail named.....Gibside Skyline? This ran in to Derwent walk which i think eventually would link up to the C2C if you head away from Dunston.
Anyhow, if anyone has some good trails to hit let i would love to try them out.
Take them all with you as course conditions on the day will help make the choice. Personally I don't like to go too long, on drying or hard trails with fellcross as the stud spacing can make it uncomfortable and stud length ruins efficiency over hard packed trail.
The fellraiser and speedcross are much more forgiving across varying terrain in my opinion but lack forefoot protection. If the course requires banzai descent down a rocky trail prepare for pain!
On a user friendly trails, hard pack or dry then the mantra will come into play. Ive actually ran these in fairly muddy conditions as well and they were.....ok but I wouldn't like to be barrelling down a technical trail with them and the traction simple is not there.