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Newburn - Wylam Circular walk

Introduction

We started this walk at Newburn in the car park and visitor centre of the Tyne Riverside Country Park which is in Tyne + Wear, but just a short distance from the boundary with Northumberland.

The walk could be started at Wylam, but we found that the free parking and toilets made it the best starting point. it could also be started from Wylam Station if travelling by train.

We followed a route from Newburn along the north bank of the River Tyne to Wylam. After passing through the village we crossed the river at Hagg Bank Bridge. We then returned along the south bank of the river to Newburn Bridge, where we crossed and returned to the country park.

So, this is a walk in two counties, Northumberland and Tyne + Wear.

Distance - Approx. 8.5 miles.

Parking - Newburn Country Park.

Toilets - Newburn Country Park and Wylam Village.

River Tyne between Newburn and Wylam.
River Tyne between Newburn and Wylam.

Hagg Bank Bridge, Wylam.
Hagg Bank Bridge, Wylam.

Walk

1) From the car park and visitor centre we walked to the footpath which passes the children's playground and turns right along the north bank of the River Tyne.

A slipway for boat and canoe launching is on the left here.

Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre.

Slipway
Slipway

 

2) We followed the path across a large open area with picnic tables which is very colourful in the Autumn. Across the river, the steeple of a church in Ryton can be seen above the trees.

Autumn colours
Autumn colours.

Riverside footpath
Riverside footpath.

 

3) After leaving the picnic area we followed the path, which is very close to the river until we reached a junction.

On this occasion we continued straight on along the riverside footpath. However on other occasions we have turned right and followed the path to the old railway to Wylam.

View across the River Tyne.
View across the River Tyne.

Park information board.
Park information board.

 

4) We continued along this path which clings to the riverbank in places, through overhanging trees. The path is now in Northumberland.

Footpath close to the steep riverbank.
Footpath close to the steep riverbank.

Lovely views of the river here.
Lovely views of the river here.

 

5) After a short distance the path emerged into open fields which it runs alongside.

From here there are good views to Heddon-on-the-Wall which can be seen on the horizon to the right.

Footpath beside open fields.
Footpath beside open fields.

Erosion of the riverbank at this point.
Erosion of the riverbank at this point.

 

6) after passing the fields the path once again entered a woodland area. At this point we turned right and walked up to the old railway line mentioned earlier.

Turning away from the river here.
Turning away from the river here.

Trackbed of the old railway.
Trackbed of the old railway.

 

7) A short distance along the trackbed which is now a footpath and cycle way we reached Stephensons Cottage. This was the home of the famous railway engineer George Stephenson and is open to the public at certain times.

Stephensons Cottage looking towards Wylam.
Stephensons Cottage looking towards Wylam.

Stephensons Cottage looking towards Newburn.
Stephensons Cottage looking towards Newburn.

 

8) Continuing along the railway we reached the site of Wylam North Station, now a car park.

From here we could have continued along the track to Hagg Bank Bridge, but walked left towards the village instead.

Approaching the site of Wylam North Station.
Approaching the site of Wylam North Station.

Site of Wylam North Station - now a car park.
Site of Wylam North Station - now a car park.

 

9) We walked up through the village as far as the Ship Inn where we turned left into a car park and toilets.

Wylam Village
Wylam Village.

The Ship Inn.
The Ship Inn.

 

10) We followed the path through the park and turned right at the exit, back down to the railway and on to Hagg Bank Bridge.

Footpath through the park.
Footpath through the park.

Exit gate.
Exit gate.

 

11) At Hagg Bank Bridge an information board outlines the history of the railway and the bridge itself.

We crossed the bridge, stopping to admire the views along the River Tyne in both directions.

Approaching Hagg Bank Bridge.
Approaching Hagg Bank Bridge.

Crossing Hagg Bank Bridge.
Crossing Hagg Bank Bridge.

River Tyne looking upstream from Hagg Bank Bridge.
River Tyne looking upstream from Hagg Bank Bridge.

River Tyne looking downstream from Hagg Bank Bridge.
River Tyne looking downstream from Hagg Bank Bridge.

 

12) On the other side of the bridge we followed the path up to some houses and turned left over a bridge crossing the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway near to the junction with the old railway from Hagg Bank Bridge.

Leaving Hagg Bank Bridge.
Leaving Hagg Bank Bridge.

View from the bridge over the railway.
View from the bridge over the railway.

 

13) From here we followed the road uphill and turned left at the next junction towards Wylam.

Road to Wylam Station.
Road to Wylam Station.

View towards Wylam Bridge.
View towards Wylam Bridge.

 

14) We followed this road which has fine views across the river to Wylam and back to Hagg Bank Bridge.

View across the River Tyne to Wylam.
View across the River Tyne to Wylam.

View back to Hagg Bank Bridge.
View back to Hagg Bank Bridge.

 

15) After a while we reached houses and followed the road downhill, turning left at a junction towards Wylam Station.

Wylam Wood Road.
Wylam Wood Road.

Approaching Wylam Station.
Approaching Wylam Station.

 

16) At the station we crossed using the footbridge as it gives great views of the railway and the road bridge across the River Tyne.

Footbridge at Wylam Station.
Footbridge at Wylam Station.

Wylam Bridge.
Wylam Bridge.

 

17) We made a detour here onto the road bridge to take photos of the River Tyne and enjoy the view. Someone below us was enjoying the fishing in the river and we have also seen Herons here doing the same.

River Tyne looking upstream from Wylam Bridge.
River Tyne looking upstream from Wylam Bridge.

River Tyne looking downstream from Wylam Bridge.
River Tyne looking downstream from Wylam Bridge.

 

18) From the road bridge we returned to the station car park. At the far end we passed through a gate onto a path which runs alongside the railway.

Footpath after leaving Wylam Station.
Footpath after leaving Wylam Station.

Footpath alongside the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway
Footpath alongside the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway.

 

19) We soon reached Ryton Golf Course where the path follows a route between the course and the River Tyne.

Footpath beside Ryton Golf Course. Footpath beside Ryton Golf Course.
Footpath beside Ryton Golf Course. Footpath beside Ryton Golf Course.
Footpath beside Ryton Golf Course.

 

20) At the end of the golf course we passed through a wooded area beside the railway and close to Ryton.

Leaving the golf course.
Leaving the golf course.

View across the River Tyne - on the horizon is Heddon.
View across the River Tyne - on the horizon is Heddon.

 

21) From here the path emerges onto open ground and as we walked along we were passed our starting point on the other side of the River Tyne.

Footpath towards Newburn Bridge.
Footpath towards Newburn Bridge.

View across the River Tyne near Newburn Bridge.
View across the River Tyne near Newburn Bridge.

 

22) We soon reached Newburn Bridge where an information board told the story of The Battle of Newburn Ford. This battle took place in 1640 between Scots and English armies. The Scots were victorious and went on to occupy Newcastle.

Newburn Bridge, site of the Battle of Newburn Ford.
Newburn Bridge, site of the Battle of Newburn Ford.

View across Newburn Bridge.
View across Newburn Bridge.

 

23) We crossed this narrow bridge across the River Tyne which also provides great views along the river, where rowing clubs were active.

River Tyne looking upstream from Newburn Bridge.
River Tyne looking upstream from Newburn Bridge.

River Tyne looking downstream from Newburn Bridge.
River Tyne looking downstream from Newburn Bridge.

 

24) On the north side of the bridge we turned left towards a pub called The Boathouse. From here the path runs alongside the river once again.

Road to the Boathouse pub.
Road to the Boathouse pub.

Footpath between the pub and the car parks.
Footpath between the pub and the car parks.

 

25) We soon passed by the giant pylons and reached the car park and visitor centre at the end of a very nice walk in two counties.

Passing below the power lines.
Passing below the power lines.

The slipway and visitor centre.
The slipway and visitor centre.

 

Notes

Walking Gear:

- Good walking boots or shoes essential.  Some areas can be muddy.

- Waterproof clothing advisable depending on the weather forecast.

 

Food and drink advisable, but also available along the route in Wylam (depending upon day and time).

Maps - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet no. 8 8

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