Shildon – Heighington – Locomotion Railway Museum - Shildon

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A very pleasant walk in the mildly undulating countryside of south Durham. This circular route connects the historically important railway town of Shildon with the picturesque village of Heighington, voted the BBC's 'Perfect Village' of 2006. Parts of the route, the beginning and end, follow the trackbed of the world's first public railway where a passenger-carrying train was hauled by a steam locomotive (Locomotion No 1).

The walk leaves the car park in Shildon and starts to climb up the gentle eastern slope of the famous Brusselton Incline before changing direction and heading south through a series of undulating fields to intersect a surfaced lane. Short lane-walking is then followed by field and more lane-walking before the route heads east through a series of level fields and grassy lanes to arrive in the picturesque village of Heighington. From here the route heads north, firstly along a road and then through more undulating fields to intersect a working railway line. The walk then heads west, mainly along a surfaced track to pass by Shildon Railway Station as well as through the outlying buildings that form part of the Locomotion Railway Museum to end the walk.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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