Newburn to Wylam Walk
This circular walk takes you from Newburn to Wylam along a section of the River Tyne. The route runs for just over 6 miles on a series of flat footpaths, visiting the historic Stephenson's Cottage on the way.
The walk starts from the car park in the Tyne Riverside Country Park just west of Newcastle. Here you can pick up the Hadrian's Wall Path and follow the waymarked trail west along the riverside path. Near Wylam you'll come to Stephenson's Cottage, the birthplace of railway pioneer, George Stephenson. It's now a National Trust property where you can learn all about his early life and the Stephenson gauge', the basis for the standard gauge used by most of the world's railways. He also designed the Locomotion No. 1, which was the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825.
The route continues into Wylam where you cross to the other side on the Wylam Bridge. You can then follow another path on the southern side of the water, passing Clara Vale and Ryton on the way. Here you cross the river on Newburn Bridge and return to the car park where the route finishes.
Newburn to Wylam Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Newburn to Wylam Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Newburn to Wylam Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Newburn to Wylam Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the riverside park there's Hedley's Riverside Coffee Shop for some post walk refreshment. They serve a good range of meals and snacks at reasonable prices.
On the route you could stop off at The Boathouse next to Wylam Bridge and the train station. You can sit outside here and enjoy views of the boats on the river if the weather is good. They serve good quality Thai food and have a decent selection of ales too. You can find them at roughly the halfway point on the route at postcode NE41 8HR for your sat navs.
The riverside trail is a nice one to do with your dog. The coffee shop mentioned above and The Boathouse pub are also very dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Part of the walk uses a section of the Keelmans Way. This shared cycling and walking path runs along the south side of the river to the upper reaches of the Tyne and the Derwent Walk Country Park in Gateshead.
Head north from the park and you could pick up the epic Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail and visit the fascinating Vindobala Roman Fort at Rudchester. Near here there's also a nice trail around the picturesque Whittle Dene Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Tyne and Wear Walks page.