Archive for September, 2014


Walkers, cyclists, runners and outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy a new public path, linking the past and the future, between Shildon and Newton Aycliffe.

The two-mile tarmacked route called Locomotion Way is now open and traces the route of the old Stockton and Darlington railway line, which first opened in 1825 and was the first public railway in the country to use steam locomotives. The route ends at Hitachi, who are bringing train building back to County Durham thanks to their £82m factory which will create 730 jobs.

Locomotion Way will help cyclists and walkers get to work or school in half the time it would take to get between Shildon and Newton Aycliffe by road. It’s also open to anyone wanting to enjoy a leisurely stroll as well as runners and horse-riders, and is fully accessible for wheelchair users and mobility scooters.



Timeline Photos – Durham County Council.

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The Roof of England Cycling Club is for anyone who loves cycling in Allendale, Weardale and Teesdale.



 Based at Chatterbox Cafe in the picturesque village of St John’s Chapel at the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we can provide the routes, the cafes and pubs, somewhere to stay – as well as things to do when your legs won’t go any further.

 There are no centrally organised rides which means you can come on your own, with your friends or family, or with mates from your home club and ride in your own time and on your own terms.

The Roof of England Cycling Cub is not just for those of us fortunate to live here – it’s for anybody who wants to have fun in our natural cycling playground – whether it be for a day out from home, as part of a long distance trek, or as a base for a week long holiday.

The Facebook group and this website are administered by Cameron Gordon from Chatterbox Cafe in St John’s Chapel as part of our ambition to help more people to enjoy The North Pennines  in a environmentally responsible, yet extremely fun way.

Roof of England Cycling Club – Facebook GROUP


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