Newburn and Wylam – Apr 2024


Date: Saturday 6 April 2024
Time: 10:00 am
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Newburn and Wylam

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This circular walk takes in the areas of Newburn and Wylam and begins at the car park in the Tyne Riverside Country Park by the River Tyne.  From here, we will walk along the river and the disused railway line, to Wylam.  We cross the old railway bridge and continue back along the river towards Ryton.  Just after Ryton we will cross the River Tyne, for the second time, finishing the walk back at Newburn.

With any luck, we will arrive back in time to visit the coffee shop in the Country Park and enjoy some well deserved refreshments.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 One small hill
Distance: General - DistanceKey0-98x27 Short distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Easy
Map: General - 316-NewcastleUponTyne-Small
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The start

We start in Newburn, next to Hedley’s Riverside Coffee Shop.

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From here, we will walk up the North bank of the Tyne. On the way, we will follow the River Tyne Trail and pass George Stephenson’s Birth Place. This is a small cottage on teh banks of the Tyne, by the railway path.

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When we reach Wylam, we will take a break and have a snack. Then we will cross the road bridge to Wylam station, where we will join the path down the South side of the Tyne.

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We will walk downriver, past Ryton Golf Course. The walk continues right by the river, where we will take in teh views.

Back to Newburn

When we reach our destination, we will cross the bridge back to Newburn.

We will have a cup of tea or coffee, and maybe a cake, at Hedleys Riverside Coffee Shop.

We hope to see you there.

Julie & Martin x

Places – Newburn and Wylam

Tyne Riverside Country Park at Newburn

This is a pleasant area of parkland on the banks of the River Tyne at Newburn.  In the summer this area is popular with families and picnickers.  Hedleys Riverside Coffee Shop is a convenient place for refreshments (limited seating indoors). It is also close to the car park.  The toilets in the coffee shop are for public use but are only accessible during cafe opening hours.

In 1640 the English and the Scots fought the Battle of Newburn Ford at the ford, which was close to the current bridge.  The Scots prevailed in this battle and, soon after, Newcastle was surrendered.

George Stephenson’s birthplace

George Stephenson was born in a small house, next to the disused railway line, in Wylam.  The National Trust own this property.  Parts of it were open to the public and a tea room in the back garden was also part of the attraction. Unfortunately, both the house and the tea room are now closed.


Wylam is pretty little village to the west of Newcastle with connections to the early railway pioneers.  It is particularly famous as being the village in which George Stephenson was born.  One of the features of Wylam is the old railway bridge, providing beautiful views of the River Tyne.

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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE15 8ND
OS Grid Reference: NZ 16000 65421
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Parking: There is a car park on Grange Road, adjacent to the river just past the coffee shop