GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walks in Newcastle upon Tyne

15 miles (24.5 km)

Newcastle upon Tyne is the most populous city in the North East of England. There's lots of good options for walkers with riverside walks along the Tyne and Derwent Rivers plus a number of country parks and woodland areas to explore.
This walk from the city centre takes you along the epic Hadrian's Wall Path to a historic Roman Fort on the wall. On the way there's riverside paths along the River Tyne and a visit to the Tyne Riverside Country Park.
The walk starts on the Newcastle side of the impressive Tyne Bridge which links with Gateshead on the opposite side. The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by KingGeorge Vand has since become a defining symbol ofTyneside. From here you can pick up the Hadrian's Wall Path and follow the waymarked trail west along the river. You'll pass several old bridges and the areas of Elswick, South Benwell, Scotswood and Newburn before coming to the Tyne Riverside Country Park in Ryton.
After exploring the park you continue west to Clara Vale where the trail leaves the river to head north to Heddon-on-the-Wall via Ashbank Wood. Here you join the wall itself and follow it west to the Vindobala Roman Fort at Rudchester. The fort guards the valley of the March Burn to the west, an ancient route leading to the south towards the Tyne ford atNewburn. The name Vindobala means “White Strength” with the troops recruited from a coastal tribe ofLower Germany. At the site there's an information board which will tell you all about the history of the area.
After exploring the fort you retrace your steps to the river where you head west to Wylam. Here you can catch a direct train back to Newcastle.

Postcode

NE8 2BH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Newcastle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newcastle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Newcastle

  • Weetslade Country Park - This former colliery site has been converted into a beautiful country park and a haven for wildlife
  • Rising Sun Country Park - Explore 400 acres of parkland on this lovely cycle or walk in Newcastle
  • Hadrian's Wall Path - Starting in Wallsend near the east coast of England, head across the country to Bowness-on-Solway along this wonderful trail that follows the famous Roman wall
  • Derwent Walk Country Park - The Derwent Walk is a former railway path running from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists
  • Derwent Valley Walk - This lovely railway path runs from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists.
    You will pass the villages of Rowlands Gill, Hamsterley and Ebchester on the way
  • Gibside Rowlands Gill - This splendid 18th century landscaped park has over 15 miles of footpaths taking you through gardens, meadows, fields and woodland
  • Watergate Forest Park - The popular park is located on the site of the former Watergate colliery in Gateshead
  • Bill Quay Farm - Bill Quay Community Farm has a collection of rare livestock including Tamworth pigs, Large Black pigs,three breeds of sheep (Jacob, Hebridean and Castlemilk Moorit), endangered Bagot goats, Pilgrim Geeseand Scots Grey hens
  • Saltwell Park - This beautiful park in Gateshead was voted Britain's Best Park in 2005
  • Tyne Riverside Country Park - This park follows the River Tyne for four miles through 200 acres of meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and river bank
  • Gateshead - This major north east town has a number of good options for walkers with two significant waymarked trails running through the area
  • Newburn to Wylam Walk - This circular walk takes you from Newburn to Wylam along a section of the River Tyne
  • Ponteland - This Northumberland based town is located just east of Newcastle

Pubs/Cafes

The Free Trade Inn is a fine choice for some refreshments after the walk. There's good views of the Tyne River and the quayside from the beer garden. It's a great place to relax with a drink in the city. You can find the friendly pub at 12 St Lawrence Road with a postcode of NE6 1AP for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The riverside paths, woodland trails and open countryside on the walk are great for dog walking. The Free Trade Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the south side of the river you can try the Gateshead Walk which visits href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/watergate-forest-park-walking-route'>Watergate Forest Park and Derwent Walk Country Park where there's more nice riverside trails along the River Derwent. Near here there's also the popular Gibside at Rowlands Gill. There's a fine 18th century landscaped park to explore here.

Photos

Tyne Bridge (geograph 3522843)

Tyne Bridge. Route Start

A view from Millennium bridge over the river Tyne at Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Tyne, A view from Millenium bridge over the river Tyne at Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Tyne Riverside Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1362753

The Tyne Riverside Country Park is situated over two sites - at Prudhoe and at Newburn. This is the Newburn site looking east towards the village and the site of the Battle of Newburn Ford

Hadrian's Wall, Heddon-on-the Wall - geograph.org.uk - 82724

Hadrian's Wall, Heddon-on-the Wall 1. A remarkable survival after 2000 years of plundering the Wall for building in this area. The two ditches associated with the Wall can just be made out: The Wall Ditch in front (to the left) and the Vallum behind (to the right). Part of the foundations of a turret an be seen in the middle of the photograph. The view is to the east.

Hadrian's Wall, Heddon on the Wall - geograph.org.uk - 1736629

Hadrian's Wall, Heddon on the Wall 2. The wall ditch is on the right (north side), now shallow, beyond the level berm next to the wall. Excavations elsewhere suggest that this area may have had its own layer of defences such as sharpened stakes,at least where they were needed for defence. The outer courses of often triangular-shaped stones were in-filled with more random shaped and sized stones, possibly a more accurate restoration than seen elsewhere along the Roman Wall. The vallum can be seen in the field to the left (south side). Why does this short section of the wall have such a pronounced bend (just behind)? Whatever the reason, it did help this small section survive the road building that destroyed many miles of the structure west from Newcastle.

Vindobala Roman Fort, Rudchester - geograph.org.uk - 2465993

Vindobala Roman Fort, Rudchester. View of the information board at the site next to Hadrian's Wall.

Location of the Giant's Grave, Rudchester - geograph.org.uk - 2464918

Location of the Giant's Grave, Rudchester

Rudchester Farm - geograph.org.uk - 1028043

Rudchester Farm Seen from Hadrians Wall National Trail. As the "-chester" suffix implies, of Roman origin;Vindobala Roman FortonHadrian's Walllies only a short distance away.Additional note: In fact the slightly raised grassy area on the left side of the picture is probably part of the fort site.

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