Frosterley & Wolsingham
C2C - Route 7 Loop
Route Section: Alston > Consett
From Start: 165km (103m) | From Finish: 64km (40m)
Consett 19km (12m)
Newcastle 46km (29m)
This is an alternative route for those with road bikes not wishing to take the Waskerley Way. The Way is not ideal for skinny tyres but is doable, nonetheless. But if you wish for the refreshing whoosh of tarmac instead of the unsettling scrunch of a looser surface, this is a good option.
But be warned. You will be following the busy A68 for a few miles. And it adds about 6km.
Simply follow the A689 to Frosterley. Wolsingham is 5.8km (3.6m) further east along the A689.
From Wolsingham you can take the B6296 and A68 to Castleside 14km (8.7m).
Or take the safer and better though slightly longer alternative 18km (11.3m) along the B6296 via Satley.
About Frosterley & Wolsingham
Stanhope has proved so enormously popular as a stopping off point before the final day's cycling that the neighbouring village of Frosterley and the town of Wolsingham now wish to be considered as extensions of the route.
There can be accommodation bottlenecks so you might wish to look at the options here. As for getting back onto the route, you can either retrace your steps to Stanhope or link up with the C2C at Castleside, as described above.
St Godric once lived in this Saxon settlement with Elric the Hermit, around 1120.
Frosterley has the excellent Black Bull pub (http://www.blackbullfrosterley.com/) which is justification alone for paying a visit. And Wolsingham boasts the Buon Appetito Italian restaurant, which is open when all else is closed and serves well executed, traditional and deeply filling fare at very reasonable prices.
Where To Sleep
Run by: Joy Henderson
About 7 miles from the route, Carrs Farm Centre camping barn sleeps 20+ is a 17th century conversion and has panoramic views of Weardale. It is on an organic farm in the heart of the AONB with its own spring water, wind/solar power, log burning stove, rain-water butt system. Well equipped self-catering kitchen, communal lounge, ample parking, cycle store and wash facilities. Next to the Weardale Way and w2w routes, also the Pennine Way. There are 4 footpaths direct from accommodation leading onto the above routes.
Rooms : 2X6; 1X9.
Rates: £16 per person (with own bedding); £19 if you need bedding.
Exclusive use of bunkhouse: £260 for groups of 12.
Breakfast: £5 (cooked).
Eve meal: on request.
Pk lunch: yes.
Secure cycle storage.
Run by: Linda Bell & Billy Sloan
Under the new ownership of cycling enthusiasts Linda and Billy, this characterful town centre pub has been completely refurbished and now has a family room which sleeps six. Good ale and hearty food, from soup and baguettes to steak and mixed grills, all home-cooked. There's a lock-up round the back, plus tool kit and the rooms are comfortable and inexpensive. The new couple are keen to encourage cycling and offer a warm welcome.
Rooms: 1F (sleeps 6), 2D/T
B&B: from £15 for family room if fully occupied (£90) or £32.50 for sharing D/T.
meal : yes.
Pk lunch : pre-order.
Secure cycle lock-up.
Run by: Carol Oulton
Can take groups of up to six. Now doing afternoon tea (sandwiches, cakes, pastries etc) for guests and passers-by. Midway between the two villages, Newlands Hall lies above the linking road and commands sweeping views across Weardale. You can relink with the C2C either back at Stanhope or at Satley and thence the Waskerley Way. Or, if you wish to avoid the steeper climbs, carry on to Durham and follow the NCN to Sunderland from there. It is a really great spot to unwind after a hard day's cycling. Set among 380 acres of working farm, it's a short hop to the Black Bull in Frosterley or the Buon Appetito in Wolsingham for dinner. It's two miles either way and there's a reliable local cab firm.
Rooms: 1D/Tpl, 1Tpl
B&B: from £35.
Afternoon tea: a hugely calorific experience and well worth £9.50.