Newburn to Wylam River Tyne walk _ Northumberland

Newburn - Wylam

(circular) a riverside walk

Location OS Landranger Sheet 88- Explorer 316

Start point NZ 159 654 7.5 Miles 3.5 hours

How to get there If you are coming by car, it is signposted from the A6085 and the A695. There is ample free car parking available, including spaces reserved for the disabled. The Tyne Riverside Country Park lies on the outer west edge of Newcastle, close to Newburn and the river Tyne. It is easily reached by bus from town (no’s 21 and 22 from the Central Station), by bike along Hadrian’s Way.

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Start :-Tyne Riverside Country Park, car park.
This walk really can be undertaken from any of the points along the route. I have started from Newburn it having more than adequate FREE car parking facilities.

This is by far the easiest walk offered on

Take the footpath east towards the Newburn bridge and having passed the "Boathouse" public house turn right over the bridge. Be careful as the footpath on the bridge is on the other side of the road.

There are a number of rowing clubs based around the bridge on both sides of the river.

A look back at the bridge

Drop right, down onto the Keelman's path at the far end of the bridge.

Follow the path into the Ryton Willows park area and continue on to the Ferry House.

At the Ferry House the path approaches a crossing of the Newcastle- Carlisle railway line.

Do not cross the line at the stile but continue on the main path.

The Tyne is tidal all the way to Wylam as can be seen from the photos the tide was well out and allowed us to find this wrecked boat just along from the Ferry House.

The large trees on this southern bank hide much of the Tyne from the path but we caught a glimpse of this chap fishing

The path continues past the "Ryton Golf Club"

Continue on to Wylam

The railway line is up to your left, trains pass every 15 minutes or so and the path comes into Wylam at the railway station.

There is another Pub called the "Boathouse" next to the station (CAMRA)(Real Ales)

Wylam village is on the north bank of the Tyne

Turn right and cross the bridge.

At the north end of the bridge turn right, along past the terrace of houses and drop down through a stile onto the riverside path.

The path passes along through trees and hedgrow and where it opens out onto a wider picnic area the cottage where George Stephenson was born in 1781 can be found on your left.It is on the other side of a broad track, This is a National Trust property
George Stephenson is known as the "Father of the Railways" having built and developed "the Blucher" the "Locomotion" and later in collaboration with his son Robert, "the ROCKET" His rail gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches (1,435 mm), sometimes called "Stephenson gauge", is the world's standard gauge. Stephenson also developed a new safety lamp that would not explode when used near the highly flammable gasses found in the mines.

Leaving Stephenson's Cottage drop back down onto the river side path and continue eastwards.

You will pass the "Tide Stone" to the left of the path.

The tide stone marked the tidal limit of the river before it moved further upstream to Wylam about 1900 as a result of dredging between Newburn and Ryton. Hedwin Streams west of Newburn and opposite Ryton was the limit from at least the medieval period and this was also the boundary of the Tyne Improvement Commission's jursdiction on the river. In the late nineteenth century the riverbed was dredged betweeen Newburn and Ryton and because the channel gradient was then steeper further erosion resulted due to the river's increased power moving down its steeper course. The old limit is marked by a 1 metre high stone obelisk bearing three castles, the Arms of Newcastle upon Tyne and the date 1783 and is called the tide stone. It is situated on the north side of the riverside footpath about halfway between Newburn and Wylam.

Information taken from Bridges on the Tyne

The path leads on and into the Tyne Riverside Country Park and journey's end.

For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way


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