GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ponteland Walks - Near and Around

20 miles (32 km)

This Northumberland based town is located just east of Newcastle. The attractive town has some expensive residential areas which are popular with footballers and celebrities. For walkers there's some nice riverside trails along the River Pont in the pleasant town centre. There's also good countryside trails leading to the nearby Hadrian's Wall and the River Tyne which lie to the south of the settlement.
This walk from the town takes you to the neighbouring village of Heddon on the Wall where you can pick up the epic Hadrian's Wall Path and follow it to Whittle Dene Reservoir.
The walk starts on the River Pont in the town centre and then follows a dismantled railway line south west through Darras Hall. This will take you out into the countryside around Medburn where you pick up trails heading south to Breckney Hill and Heddon on the Wall. Here you pick up the waymarked National Trail and follow it west along the wall 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.
From the fort you continue west to Harlow Hill before coming to Whittle Dene Reservoir. There are nice trails you can follow around the large lake before returning to Ponteland on the same paths. Part of this walk is coincident with the Newcastle Walk which starts in the nearby city and visits the Tyne Riverside Country Park.
For an alternative circular walk around the town see the video below. This walk takes you to some of the highlights in the town including the riverside Ponteland Park and the historic 1400 Pele tower.

Ponteland OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ponteland Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Ponteland Pubs/Cafes

The Blackbird Inn is a great choice for some post walk refreshments. The pub is historically significant having originally been a castle built by warriors in the 14thcentury. The signing of a peace treaty between Henry III of England & Alexander of Scotland, took place on the knoll of the marshes, where The Blackbird stands today. They have a good menu and a log fire in the cosy interior. Outside there's lots of tables where you can enjoy your meal on warmer days. You can find them on North Road with a postcode of NE20 9UH for your sat navs.

Ponteland Dog Walking

The country trails make for a fine dog walk and The Blackbird Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south of the town and you could pick up the popular Newburn to Wylam Walk. This circular route will take you along both sides of the River Tyne, visiting the National Trust's Stephenson's Cottage at Wylam. Here you can learn all about the life of railway pioneer George Stephenson who was born at the cottage.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks page.

Photos

The River Pont, Ponteland. - geograph.org.uk - 359939

Nice photo of the River Pont in Ponteland. View of the river with St Mary's Church in the background.

Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland - geograph.org.uk - 104853

Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland

Diamond Inn and houses in Ponteland - geograph.org.uk - 308036

Diamond Inn and houses. The pub is beside Ponteland Bridge, very much at the central focus of the town.

Hadrian's Wall - Heddon-on-the-Wall - geograph.org.uk - 1251957

The Wall at Heddon-on-the-Wall. A fragment of Hadrian's Wallat the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, alongside the B6528 road to Throckley. This relic lies just a short distance from Hadrian's Wall National Trail. This is the longest surviving stretch of the broad 3 metre wall.

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

Information board at the Vindobala Roman Fort, Rudchester

The site of Milecastle 16 - geograph.org.uk - 2601473

The site of Milecastle 16

(The line of) Hadrian's Wall east of Harlow Hill; and Milecastle 15 - geograph.org.uk - 2602472

(The line of) Hadrian's Wall east of Harlow Hill; and Milecastle 15

Whittle Dene Reservoirs - geograph.org.uk - 1027240

Whittle Dene Reservoirs. The main sheet of water seen is the Great Northern Reservoir, from which a spillway in full spate is emptying into the Northern Reservoir.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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