Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients.
"What a lovely and surprising place this is. The guide was very knowledgeable. Set aside 2.5hrs for the visit. A snack from the cafe is well recommended, don't miss the sausage rolls. Will definitely be back."
"I had a great morning at The Bowes Railway yesterday. I was shown around by enthusiastic guide Wilf and a very busy Amanda. He went above and beyond in escorting me around the site and inside most of the various sheds and engineering shops for over an hour. Thank you both very much"
"Fantastic place all the staff were really helpful and welcoming. My son (2 years) loved seeing all the engines and trucks. We took part in the crafts and there was a good range to keep him entertained for a couple of hours, then he didn't want to leave. Thanks to the excellent team"
07 July 2021
We are now open every Thursday & Saturday
Participants from Sunderland's Stories of Sanctuary project enjoy a guided tour
A much smaller COVID friendly 1940's event was held this year at Bowes Railway and with contributing venues throughout Springwell Village taking part - it was great to see so much cheer despite the rain!
Let's reconnect to WALK THE LINE & Discover your Heritage
WALK THE LINE RETURNS!
Kicking off with a 2 hour circular on Tuesday 27th July 2021
If you fancy more of a challenge register for our 6 mile walk from Burnopfield to Kibblesworth on Friday August 20th.
A new series of short and medium level guided walks led by our experienced Tour Guides to following the 15 mile stretch of Bowes Railway line.
Over a series of weeks we will be covering a variety of walks including Dipton's Delight Colliery, Burnopfield, Tanfield Railway, Birkheads Crossing, Kibblesworth down to Team Valley, passing underneath the East Coast main Line A1M and A167, then up hill to Blackfell Engine House and Blackham's Hill Winding House which will be opened for viewing on selected dates.
If you would like to know more about the walks or register to receive a schedule of walk dates please contact us for more information