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Causey Arch, Stanley
(4.4/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Good walking from the car park with information boards, easily reached by small children 2 and 4 years old. 
  • A good area for a gentle stroll, with or without a dog. Suitable for off lead generally quiet spot. There is a nice circular walk starting and ending at the car park, it takes least than an hour.Can b...  more »
  • This area has a great walking route for all the family. The kids love to catch a glimpse of the Tanfield Railway trains steaming through the forest. There is also a great cafe on site that offers a go...  more »
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  • The worlds first railway bridge is definitely worth a visit, particularly if you include it with a trip on the worlds first railway!
  • My heritage! Awesome to find this!
  • Really nice walks to be had in the area. Ideal!