This 17km (10 mile) there-and-back cycle route extends your trip from The Angel of The North to Beamish, the Living Museum through country lanes.
Overview of route:
Follow the directions from the Angel statue to the entrance to the Bowes Railway Line just after the A1 roundabout. Instead of turning left onto the old railway line, turn right, heading towards Kibblesworth. Follow the old railway path to Kibblesworth Bank road and turn left onto this road. At the end turn left onto Birkland Lane.
After approx 1km, turn right onto Cranberry Bog Road. Follow this small lane to the end and turn right by the Shepherd & Shepherdess pub onto Station Rd. Turn right again to enter Beamish Living Museum (view on map).
Retrace your route back to Bowes Railway line to continue the Angel of the North Circular Cycle route back to Newcastle Quayside.
Beamish Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, in County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.
Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution from 1825.
On its 300 acres (120 ha) estate it uses a mixture of translocated, original and replica buildings, a large collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment, as well as livestock and costumed interpreters. The museum has received a number of awards since it opened to visitors in 1972 and has been influential on other 'living museums'.
See more at http://www.beamish.org.uk/
Information from various sources including wikipedia.org.
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