GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Keelmans Way

10 miles (16 km)

This 10 mile walking and cycling trail runs along the River Tyne from Wylam to the upper reaches of the Tyne and the Derwent Walk Country Park in Gateshead.
The route starts on Wylam Bridge and follows the southern side of the river east. You'll pass Clara Vale, Ryton, Blaydon where you turn south to follow the River Derwent to the visitor centre at Derwent Walk Country Park. The park includes a mixture of woodland, meadows and wetlands with views of the impressive Nine Arches viaduct over the river as well. Here you can also visit the visitor centre and enjoy some well earned refreshments after your exercise.

Keelmans Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Keelmans Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Newburn to Wylam Walk uses part of the trail to create a circular walk between the two riverside settlements. You could use it to visit the north side of the river where you can visit the birthplace of railway pioneer George Stephenson at the National Trust's Stephenson's cottage.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Tyne and Wear Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Keelmans way - geograph.org.uk - 515129

View of the path just east of Wylam

Messing about on the river Tyne - geograph.org.uk - 486965

Messing about on the river Tyne

The Tyne from Newburn Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 675642

The Tyne from Newburn Bridge

Stella Staith - geograph.org.uk - 1218753

Stella Staith, Blaydon. Little evidence remains of the Towneley Main Waggonway which brought coal from Stargate Pit to the River Tyne at Stella Staith (without an e). The plaque on this support for the waggonway does not refer to the mining heritage of the area but to Blaydon Races which were run on nearby Blaydon Island and Stella Haugh.

Blaydon - Scotswood Railway Bridge

Blaydon

View from The Slide toward Liberty Monument with Goodshieldhaugh in foreground - geograph.org.uk - 107285

View from The Slide toward Liberty Monument with Goodshieldhaugh in foreground. A reclaimed slag heap which has greatly enhanced local amenity. Part of the Derwent Country Park which is run expertly by Gateshead Council - an example for any local authority.

Viaduct Over the River Derwent - geograph.org.uk - 630736

Viaduct Over the River Derwent. Supposedly nine arches although only five in view here. Now carrying the Derwent Walk footpath and cycleway.

Weir on the River Derwent - geograph.org.uk - 176118

Weir on the River Derwent

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Keelmans Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)