It's a properly muddy obstacle course for all the family to join in!

From A1(M) Northbound

Exit at junction 63 for Chester le Street and Beamish. At the roundabout below the motorway take the second exit A693 west towards Stanley and Beamish. Continue for nearly 4 miles on the A693, across 4 roundabouts. Going uphill, turn first right following the Tanfield Railway brown sign. At the bottom of the bank turn right onto the A6076, following the brown sign. The Hedley West Farm Woods is about 2 miles along the A6076, on the right. You will see the Clarty Bairns banner by the entrance opposite Tanfield Railway car park.

From A1 Southbound

Exit at the Lobley Hill intersection and follow the A692 west towards Consett for about 2 miles, passing through Streetgate into Sunniside. Straight ahead at the first traffic lights, past the pedestrian lights, at the next traffic lights turn left onto the A6076 (following the Tanfield Railway brown sign). The main entrance is about 1 mile along the A6076, on the left. You will see the Clarty Bairns banner by the entrance opposite Tanfield Railway car park.

Walking or Cycling

Cyclists can reach our Marley Hill shed site via the Tanfield Railway Path from Gateshead or the Bowes Railway Path from Jarrow. There are ascents/descents where the railways were rope hauled. These routes can be be used together as a circuit from anywhere on Tyneside.

Walkers can use the same paths from Sunniside (1 mile), Lobley Hill (4 miles), Kibblesworth (2 miles) or Bowes Railway(6 miles).

Using public transport

By rail - Our nearest main line railway stations are Newcastle Central and Durham. The Tyne and Wear Metro system also serves Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central for easy bus connections on most days.

By Bus - Monday to Saturday: the X30 and X31 from Newcastle, Gateshead and Stanley stop at the Andrews House entrance to the site.

Sunday: The X30 provides an hourly service to Andrews House. Details are available from Go North East 0191 4205050 or visit

Clarty Bairns souvenir for all finishers

If you want to have fun, get your heart pumping and waistline shrinking, you'll find our
obstacle course will fit the bill perfectly!
It's challenging but quite achievable. It's not a race.
The emphasis is on finishing rather than speed, so you don't need to be
a super competitive gym junkie to take part!

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