Prudhoe and Wylam Walk – Feb 2024


Date:  Sunday 11 February 2024
Start time: 10:00 am
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Prudhoe and Wylam Walk

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This is a walk from the Tyne Riverside Country Park at Prudhoe to Wylam and then returning to Prudhoe.  It takes in some lovely areas of the riverside, as well as the Spetchells, an artificial group of hills, created by ICI as a side effect of fertiliser production.


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

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We will start at the Tyne Riverside Country Park in Low Prudhoe, before walking along the riverside to Wylam.

The Spetchells

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On the way to Wylam, we will walk via The Spetchells, which gives us a great opportunity to use our Nordic Walking skills uphill.

The Spetchells were created between the 1940s and the 1960s, when ICI were producing fertiliser.  Calcium carbonate or chalk is a waste product of fertiliser production.  Chalk geology does not occur naturally in this area.  As a result, non native species of flora and fauna have colonised these artificial hills.

Even though the Spetchells are special in their own way, the view of the river and the surrounding area is also special.  If we are lucky, we will find plenty of blackberries on the way.

Hagg Bank Bridge – Wylam

At the end of the Spetchells we will go back down towards the river and then take a route through fields to Hagg Pond.

At Hagg Bank we will walk onto the bridge, which is a great place to take a look at the river, if we are lucky we will see salmon jumping out of the water.

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We will cross Hagg Bank Bridge  and walk to Wylam via the disused railway line.

Hagg Bank Bridge is also known as West Wylam Bridge and Points Bridge.  It  is a footbridge over the River Tyne to the South West of Wylam.  It was originally built in 1876 as a railway bridge, designed by William George Laws for the North-Eastern Railway Co. The wrought-iron bridge carried the Scotswood, Newburn and Wylam Railway, to connect the North Wylam Loop with the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.  The bridge was opened on 6th October 1876 and was in use for rail services up to 1968.  In 1975, this grade II* listed bridge was converted into a footbridge and cyclepath, linking Wylam with the Tyne Riverside Country Park at Low Prudhoe.

The Riverside Path

We will return along the relatively flat riverside path.

The Tyne Riverside Cafe

On returning to Low  Prudhoe, we will visit the Tyne Riverside Cafe.  We definitely recommend the cheese scones

I hope to see you there.

Julie x

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: NE42 6NP
OS Grid Reference: NZ 08661 63491
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Toilets: The nearest public toilets are at Low Prudhoe Riverside Park. There are toilets in the Tyne Riverside Cafe at Prudhoe Riverside Park.
Parking: We will park in the free car park, by the Tyne Riverside Cafe, in Low Prudhoe.
Directions: Coming from Ovingham, just cross the bridge and take the first right before the railway crossing.  Coming from Prudhoe, go over the railway crossing and take the second left.  It is signposted Tyne Riverside Country Park from both directions.
Train: If you prefer, you can use the regular train service, that stops at Prudhoe Station, and just walk over the bridge.