East Rainton to Edmundbyers following National Cycle Network route NCN7 & the Coast to Coast (C2C) route. After leaving East Rainton head to nearby Houghton le Spring & then head west towards Chester le Street, Beamish & Consett.
Beamish open air museum is located at the village of Beamish near the town of Stanley, County Durham. Since it opened in 1972 it’s received several awards for way in which it portrays an example of everyday life in urban & rural north east England up to the end of the Industrial Revolution in the early twentieth century. Much of the restoration & interpretation is specific to the late Victorian & Edwardian eras. The museum has a site of 350 acres with shops, streets, coal mines, a railway station & tramway. Well worth a days visit.
Edmundbyers is an historic village in County Durham with a population of around 170 people, it has a pub & a church & village green. The name means ‘Eadmunds dwellings’ derived from the Old English personal name of Eadmund (modern spelling Edmund) & ‘bur’ (meaning dwelling), an old record records the name spelt as Edminber. The village is situated near to Derwent Reservoir – North East England (not to be confused with Derwent Water in the Lake District & Derwent Reservoir – Derbyshire) on the River Derwent west of Consett, its one of the biggest inland waters at 3.5 miles long & plays a key part in water supply for north east England. Work began on the reservoir in 1960 & it was officially opened in 1967 by Princess Alexandra.
My overnight accommodation is at the Punch Bowl Inn in the village.