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 and Timothy 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 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.
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 of Lower 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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wylam Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wylam OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wylam Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.
Wylam 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.