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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the obstacle course suitable for wheelchairs?

Unfortunately, the course is not suitable for wheelchairs, but the first section of the woods where families can gather and have refreshments is. Please contact us at contactus@childrenscancernorth.org.uk if anyone has any accessibility needs.

How many people can I register at a time?

The registration form will allow you to register up to five participants in the obstacle course, and an extra four spectators.

What are the age limits?

Participants have to be aged between 5 and 80 years old.

Is there a height limit?

There is no height limit.

What is the course distance?

It is 3km of undulating terrain.

What clothing should we wear?

Shoes

You will get wet and muddy as you negotiate the course, so please wear clothes you’re happy to get dirty.

Clothing

Lightweight clothing is definitely recommended. Limited changing facilities are available if you want to bring a change of clothes.

Washing

A cold shower will be available for cleaning up after you’ve completed the course.

Are there toilets?

Yes there are portable loos and natural toilets on site.

Is there blue badge parking?

Please contact us at contactus@childrenscancernorth.org.uk if you require a blue badge space, and we will make sure we keep spaces nearer to the woods available.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the event but are not able to be around the course.

What time does it start?

The event is taking place between 11am and 2pm. You will receive a start time at the beginning of July, once we have most registrations in. There will be a safety briefing before each start time so please arrive at the start at least 10 mins before.

Do I have to fundraise?

There is no expectation to fundraise for this event. There will however be a fundraising page set up for you automatically when you register. There is the option therefore of children fundraising for their obstacle course challenge at school or with friends.

Do I have to register myself to take part with my child?

If you don’t wish to take part in the obstacle course yourself, you can register yourself as a spectator and walk round with your child.

What is the best way to get there on the day?

what3words : ///fewer.hockey.outbound

what3words is an app you can download and enter the three words which shows you an exact location.

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.

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