18 Front Street, Castleside, Consett,
Co Durham. DH8 9AR
The C2C, award winning cycle route crosses the A68 one mile south of Castleside.
A friend and I walked the C2C in May 1997, (we do not own a bike). These photos were taken on the only two dry days we had. So do not feel upset if it rains on you to. If you plan to set off from Penrith there are lots of hills as you are crossing the Pennines.
There is a lock up for your cycles, stored at owners risk and drying facilities for wet clothes.
The C2C route crosses the main A68 trunk road at Rowley, nr Consett. Turn LEFT (North) and follow the A68 for one mile to the village of Castleside.
Castleneuk Guest House is straight over the crossroads passed The Smelters Arms and 100 yards on the left.
After your substantial breakfast, there is a choice of a two mile road ride direct to Morrisons, or return to the C2C route back up the hill to Rowley and cross over The Hownsgill Viaduct where on a good day there are excellent views.
Walkers are also welcome and can roam the many local moorland footpaths or enjoy The Derwent Walk, Lanchester Valley Walk or The Waskerley Way. A public footpath starts at the rear of the house where you can take a brisk half hour walk or longer if preferred.
There is a public house and workmens club within 50 yards of Castleneuk. The Fleece Inn serves hand pull ale and The Castleside Workingman's Club serves beer/lager at club prices. A variety of restaurants are 2 miles away in Consett. A taxi can be booked for around £3 to Consett.