Bedlington is a small town in the south east of Northumberland.
A pretty walk along a river bank on narrow paths, then along a cycle track to the Blyth Estuary. There are no especial facilities on this walk, but Bedlington town has cafes, pubs and shops.
This walk is not for the disabled, but you will find another car park down Furnace Bank, and from there you get to the cycle track, which is wheel chair accessible.
Approximate Postcode for Satnav - NE22 5RT.
From Bedlington, drive east along the main street, down to the river and the car park is on your right. From the Northumberland spine road, turn left at the Bebside roundabout onto the A193, drive through Bebside to the 'T' junction, turn right, and the car park is on your left just over the river.
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Head into the grassy area behind the car park, then down towards the river. Turn left at the river and follow the path under the road bridge, then along the river bank. After a few hundred yards, the path leaves the river and heads up to a cycle path. Turn right at the cycle path and follow it along to the car park by Furnace Bank. Cross the river here on a bridge, then turn left and continue to follow the cycle path along the river bank, under a couple of bridges and to the Blyth estuary. When you feel you have walked far enough, turn round and head back the way you came.
Bedlington, like most of the towns in the south east of Northumberland, grew rapidly in size once coal mining began. However Bedlington also contained the Iron and Engine Works, where they made railway engines and tracks. The works made boiler plates, axles and wheels for Stephenson's first locomotive, and went on from that start to make another 150 locomotives, some of which were exported to Europe. The name 'Furnace Bank' probably relates to these works.
My early memory of Bedlington is the Northumberland Miner's picnic in the early '70s. I believe the picnic was held in the grassy area behind the car park, and can still remember the colliery bands marching down Bedlington Main street, as well as the juvenile jazz bands that were so pupular in those days. The picnic is still held today, but it has moved to the Woodhorn museum near Ashington.
poo bins available
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