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The Big Smile UK Beamish Walk

36. Beamish Heritage Walk

Date: 09/08/2021

Meeting Point: Museum Entrance, Beamish Museum, Stanley, DH9 0RG

The North East’s iconic Beamish Open Air Museum is the unique start to this stage of The Big Smile, as we take a few steps back in time to the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

From here, we say goodbye to the past and head off-site, down towards Urpeth Burn, past the old paper mill, and then up the through Ousebrough Wood Nature Reserve, which is a haven for wildlife.

After wandering along Beamish Burn, we head up out of the valley towards Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world. From here we turn  back towards the museum, making our way through some beautiful countryside.

This walk shows us a perfect example of County Durham’s environmental and industrial heritage, and is one of the less demanding routes.

Distance:  18.2 km (11.31 miles)

Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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