GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wylam Walks - Near and Around

12 miles (20 km)

This pleasant riverside village is located in a lovely spot, a few miles west of Newcastle.
The interesting village has strong connections to the early years of the railway with pioneers George Stephenson andTimothy Hackworth born in the area. It's a popular place for walkers and cyclists with good surfaced trails along the river and the Hadrian's Wall Path running along the historic wall to the north of the village.
This circular walk from Wylam visits some of the highlights of the area including Stephenson's Cottage, the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, Hadrian's Wall Path, Vindobala Roman Fort, Whittle Dene Reservoir, Tyne Riverside Country Park and the neighbouring village of Ovingham.
The walk starts in the village and starts by heading east along the river 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 thestandard gaugeused by most of the world's railways. He also designed the LocomotionNo. 1, which was the firststeam locomotiveto carry passengers on a public rail line, theStockton and Darlington Railwayin 1825.
Just after passing the cottage you turn north to follow countryside footpaths to Heddon on the Wall. Here you turn west to follow Hadrian's Wall to the Vindobala Roman Fort where there is an information board detailing the history of the site. The name Vindobala means “White Strength” with the troops recruited from a coastal tribe ofLower Germany. From here you continue west to Harlow Hill and the Whittle Dene Reservoir where there are lovely views across the water to the surrounding hills. A footpath then heads south to Welton Hall and Whittle Dene before coming to Ovingham village. Here you'll find the western end of the popular Tyne Riverside Country Park where there are nice trails and facilities. You then follow a riverside trail east to return to Wylam.

Wylam OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wylam Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Boathouse is located in a lovely spot on the river next to Wylam Bridge and the train station. You can sit outside 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. You can find the pub at postcode NE41 8HR for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk and the Boathouse pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Newburn to Wylam Walk takes you along both sides of the river. It starts from the car park at Newburn in the eastern section of the Tyne Riverside Park.
The Keelmans Way starts in the village. This will take you east along a shared cycling and walking path. It runs along the south side of the river to the upper reaches of the Tyne and the Derwent Walk Country Park in Gateshead.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks page.

Photos

Wylam Green - geograph.org.uk - 1065849

Wylam Green. Shows the location ofa Victorian postbox, including the war memorial and the bridge over the River Tyne beyond.

The Wylam Wagonway - geograph.org.uk - 1558247

The Wylam Wagonway. At one time this was the route of the road between Newcastle and Hexham, preceding both the Military Road and the A69. A waggonway linking Wylam colliery with the coal staithes at Lemington was built alongside it before 1763, one of the earliest on Tyneside. Wagons were drawn by horses along wooden rails. Iron rails and two steam locomotives made by William Hedley, Wylam Dilly and Puffing Billywere in use by 1815. George Stephenson was born by the waggonwayand went on to develop further locomotives that were to revolutionise railways for passenger transport. The waggonway is now part of Hadrian's Way path, which turns right at this signpost, and a national cycle route.

George Stephenson's cottage - geograph.org.uk - 5428

George Stephenson's cottage. This small stone cottage, built around 1750, has earned a place in history by being the birthplace of railway pioneer George Stephenson. Stephenson was born here in 1781, and went on to make his name at nearby Wylam colliery. The cottage was once home to four pitmen's families, and the room in which Stephenson was born, and in which the whole family lived can be seen today, furnished in period style.

River Tyne below Wylam Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1726708

River Tyne below Wylam Bridge. The bridge is awrought ironstructure built by theScotswood, Newburn and Wylam Railway Companyin 1876 to link theNorth Wylam Loopwith theNewcastle and Carlisle Railway. Many of the trains which used the bridge carried coal from the collieries atNewburnandWalbottlewestwards toCarlisle. The line was closed in 1968 and the bridge later purchased byNorthumberland County Council. It was restored in 1997 with help from theHeritage Lottery Fund.

War Memorial, Heddon on the Wall - geograph.org.uk - 1121006

War Memorial, Heddon on the Wall. The War Memorial was erected in 1922 to honour those men of the village who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. Names of those from the 1939-1945 War were added later. The small Memorial Park was built on a site originally occupied by the village pond, in memory of the two sons of Sir James and Lady Knott.

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

Vindobala Roman Fort, Rudchester

Whittle Dene Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1035866

Whittle Dene Reservoir

Ovingham bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1043930

Ovingham bridge

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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