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Causey Arch, Stanley

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The Causey Arch is a bridge near Stanley in County Durham, northern England. It is the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, and a key element of the industrial heritage of England.It was built in 1725–26 by stonemason Ralph Wood, funded by a conglomeration of coal-owners known as the "Grand Allies" (founded by Colonel Liddell and the Hon. Charles Montague) at a cost of £12,000. Two tracks crossed the Arch: one (the "main way") to take coal to the River Tyne, and the other (the "bye way") for returning the empty wagons. Over 900 horse-drawn wagons crossed the arch each day using the Tanfield Railway.When the bridge was completed in 1726, it was the longest single-span bridge in the country with an arch span of, a record it held for thirty years until 1756 when a bridge was built in Pontypridd, Wales.An inscription on a sundial at the site reads "Ra. Wood, mason, 1727". Use of the Arch declined when Tanfield Colliery was destroyed by fire in 1739.The Arch was restored and reinforced in the 1980s. There are a series of scenic public paths around the area and the Causey Burn which runs underneath it. The quarry near the bridge is a popular spot for local rock climbers.
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  • The story of the building of the tanfield wagonway is told on boards around the site. However today we walked a circular route via Red Row, Causey Hall farm and OxPasture Hill. You can see undisturbed...  more »
  • My family and I enjoyed a wonderful walk through the woods the iconic bridge. The smell of fresh garlic was lovely. After a little splash in the water we carried on our walk along the rail line. It wa...  more »
  • Lovely walk through a deep gorge. Worth visiting at different times of the year as it changes so much. Very nice when the bluebells and wild garlic are in flower. Good place to walk dogs, several plac...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenic area..great for walks, dog walks, pony trekking, supervised rock climbing, history of the horse pulling trucks and what it was originally built for.. U can get close up to or even take a ride on the Steam train that does regular journeys on weekends and school holidays. There's a fantastic tea rooms close by that make beautiful home cook meals and food..
  • Excellent walk through the woods to arrive at the world's oldest surviving single arch railway bridge.
  • Causey arch, steeped in history, oldest railway bridge in the world, set in a lovely vally, right next to the Tanfield ( Steam ) railway. Well worth a sunday afternoon stroll or train ride and a lovely tea shop at Tanfield lee.....
  • Wonderful​ views, good walks especially for dog owners.
  • Nice lovely afternoon walk, not too steep and great views

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