GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rising Sun Country Park

3 miles (5.5 km)

Explore 400 acres of parkland on this lovely cycle or walk in Newcastle. There is an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways suitable for walkers and cyclists. The park is made up of various habitats including grassland, woodland, ponds, wetlands and a lake designated as a Local Nature Reserve. There is also a bird hide overlooking the Swallow Pond and an excellent Visitors' Centre with a Restaurant and Exhibition Room.


NE12 9SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Rising Sun Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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There's a good on site cafe selling a range of meals and snacks. There's ample seating outside so you can enjoy your meal with a view of the park.

Dog Walking

The park is a very nice place to bring your dog for a walk. You're bound to bump into plenty of other dogs with their owners on a fine day. The on site cafe is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of the park you can pick up the epic Hadrian's Wall Path at Wallsend. The waymarked trail will take you west along the Tyne River to Newcastle and Gateshead. Here you can visit another local country park in the shape of Watergate Forest Park where there's some nice woodland trails and a pretty lake.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Autumn colours in the Rising Sun Country Park The trees in the park are mainly Birch, Scots Pine, Alder, Oak and Hawthorn. Their growth has been slow, possibly due to nature of the soil.

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View from the hill over the park

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The slag heap from the Rising Sun Colliery which closed in the 60's. Now a busy country park

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Wooden sculpture at the entrance to walks around Swallow Pond

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Between Benton and Wallsend, North Tyneside. Named because of its proximity to the now long gone Rising Sun colliery.

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The Swallow Pond at the Rising Sun Nature Reserve. A good spot to look out for wildlife in the park.


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