Sign up to our e-newsletter and keep up to date with news, events and developments at the Tanfield Railway, the World’s Oldest Railway.
Length of walk - 1.5 miles Time - Allow 30 Minutes Terrain - this walk is not suitable for pushchairs and the less mobile. Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing is recommended. The valley bottom can be soggy.
Start point - Car Park at Andrews House Station End point - Causey Arch Station.
Starting from Andrews House car park, pass over the Gibraltar Bridge and keep walking straight ahead. Drop down onto a rough farm track, and keep following this. Pass over a small stile (or the farm gate may be open) and continue following the track through the fields. Keep a look out for Red Kites flying overhead.
Pass through a farm gate that is close to the ruined farm. Follow the path that runs along the edge of the field, and down into the valley below. This valley is often home to cows or horses, so please keep your dogs under close control here.
Use the little footbridge to cross over or wade through the shallow stream at the valley bottom, and pass through the farm gate. This now leads onto the road, so please watch out for your dog! At the road turn right and walk along the road for about 50 feet/15m then on the right hand side pass through a gateway into the valley.
Follow this valley, occasionally passing over footbridges as you follow the stream that runs through it. This is the Causey Burn, flowing through Causey Gill. Shortly you will come across an information board on the right that tells you about the old industry and mine workings that used to be in this valley, once a hive of industry. On the left you will be able to see the once-famous Causey Burn culvert that passes through a huge embankment over which the railway runs. This embankment was created to allow the railway to pass over the valley, and was once viewed by thousands of people who came especially, as it was such a huge undertaking and a wonder of the time. In later years the embankment has been extended on the far side to accommodate the road. More recently, trees have been cleared from the area.
Here the path branches, to the left up to the Causey car park and picnic area, but our path continues to the right. Almost immediately on the left you will see a rock outcrop. This was once a quarry, and sometimes rock climbers practice their sport here. The path continues alongside the stream, and you will shortly come to the bottom of the mighty Causey Arch.
A series of steps takes you up the side of the arch, and once at the top take a rest on the handy seat placed there! Cross the arch, and you will come into the Causey Arch Station where you can catch the train back to Andrews House Station, or continue your walk to East Tanfield Station, or access the Causey Arch car park and picnic area by turning left at the wooden waggon.
When you are out walking please follow the country code; close all gates, take nothing, and leave only footprints. The author/Tanfield Railway accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused while following the walk.
20 July 2019