Help us clean up the Sea to Sea route in County Durham

Big Spring Clean on C2C with Durham Council

20 volunteers gathered 48 bags of rubbish between Chester-le-Street and Pelton . CREDIT: Sarah Donnelly

Litter pickers at work while walking a dog
Litter pickers at work
13 March 2018

Our team in the North East are appealing for volunteers for a series of litter picks along a 14-mile section of the Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route, from Chester le-Street to Consett, as part of Durham County Council’s "Big Spring Clean".

Our first litter pick took place on 9 March on the Chester-Le-Street to Pelton section of the path, when 20 volunteers collected 48 bags of rubbish.

A further five litter picks will take place along the C2C, with details on the event section of our Facebook page

Sarah Donnelly, our volunteer coordinator in the North East said:

“Please join our Big Spring Clean along the Sea to Sea and help us keep our cycle and walking route free from litter. Last year we collected an incredible 250 bin bags of litter, so in spite of the unseasonal cold we’re hoping to get the same response this year. We will provide all equipment but please dress in suitable warm or waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.”

The C2C cycle and walking route runs 140 miles from Whitehaven to Sunderland. We own and manage some traffic free sections, including areas between Consett to Chester-le-Street, Whitehaven to Rowrah and Workington to Keswick.

Our team would like to hear from anyone who wants to help keep the C2C path clear of rubbish or to help with a wide variety of maintenance and wildlife management jobs.

Litter pickers or gloves and binbags will all be provided courtesy of Sustrans and Durham County Council.

Please bring along a pair of gardening gloves if you have them. It may also be useful to bring along a drink and a snack for yourself. Please come along dressed for the weather with warm and/or waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

For more information please see our Sustrans North East Facebook page or contact Sarah Donnelly, Volunteer Coordinator, 07780 612252.