Consett is a town of 27,000 people perched high on the edge of the Pennines in the northwest of County Durham. Another area on the route that has known industrial prosperity and decline in equal measures. Consett had a huge steelworks from the early 1800s until the 1980s when the steelworks closed their doors for the final time.
The town has latterly reinvented itself and is now home to many small to medium businesses which provide most of the jobs in the area. The pathways along the route at this part are punctuated by sculptures and signs which have been cast using industrial relics.The most famous probably being the stainless steeel theodolite which stands around 7 metres tall.
Since 2000, several new housing developments have taken place on the former steelworks site and national retailers have moved onto the Hermiston Retail Park.
There are various pubs, working mens clubs, shops, cafes,restaurants and also a bicycle shop. Also worth a visit time permitting is the Art and glass museum in the town and also the nearby Beamish working museum.