New Homes in Consett
New Homes in Consett
Welcome to Consett
Just a short distance to the southwest of Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the edge of the Pennines, Consett is located in County Durham with lots to see and do in the town and surrounding areas. Whether you love exploring the countryside, browsing independent shops or taking day-trips into the city, there’s something for everyone just a short distance from your new home in Consett.
A quick history
Consett has grown quickly over the centuries. With just 145 residents in 1841, the town thrived along with the mining industry over the decades that followed, with pits extracting iron ore, limestone and coking coal from the ground. These were then sold to the blast furnaces in the Derwent Valley, which used the raw materials to make steel and iron.
In the 19th century, the Bessemer process made it possible to make steel from iron ore, so demand for the region’s raw materials suddenly declined. But local steelmaking continued, with Consett manufacturing the steel used to build submarines and even the Blackpool tower. In 1980, Consett Steelworks was eventually closed down, putting thousands out of employment during the Thatcher years, but several big companies have since established their headquarters in the town.
Businesses and industry
Historically industry in Consett has centred around mining and steelmaking, but in modern times the town is home to a wide range of businesses including KP Snacks who make products including Hula Hoops and McCoy’s crisps, and the Explorer Group, one of the biggest caravan manufacturers in Britain.
Many people who live in Consett commute to Newcastle for work, with some of the city’s biggest employers including The Go-Ahead Group, The Sage Group, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company, Virgin Money Holdings and Greggs. Newcastle University also employs a large number of staff, along with Northumbria University and Newcastle College.
Things to do in the area
There’s lots to see and do in Consett and the surrounding areas, including Blackhill and Consett Park with its woodlands, lawns, bowling greens and bandstand. Allensford Country Park is also close by, where you’ll discover views right across the Derwent Valley, while the footpaths around Derwent Reservoir are ideal for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
If you enjoy adventure sports, Consett YMCA Outdoor Activity Centre offers everything from coasteering to gorge walking. Beamish Wild Adventure Park is also nearby, where you’ll find a high ropes course and zip line. For the little ones, Mini Moos Farm and Diggerland Durham are popular, while there are a number of soft play centres in the local area including Jumbo Jungle in Consett itself. Other areas of interest near to Consett include the National Trust’s Gibside, Broom House Farm and Forest, and Beamish Open Air Museum.
The Pennines are also close to Consett, where you can explore the great outdoors including Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent, The Cheviot, High Force Waterfall and Cross Fell. If you choose to move to the town, make sure you bring your walking boots.
Travel and commuting
Consett is located just off the A692 and A691, providing links by road to Newcastle and Gateshead. The drive to Newcastle takes around 35 minutes, while Durham is just 25 minutes away, making both routes popular with commuters. The A68 is also close to the town, running north to Northumberland National Park and south to Darlington.
There’s no train station in Consett, but the town does have regular bus services to towns and cities within County Durham. The closest train station is in Stocksfield, while Durham Station has regular trains to London with a journey time of around 3 hours. Durham also has a direct train to Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.