Summary - A walk along the River Tyne from Newburn to Wylam and then back on the other side.
Distance - 11km (7 miles)
Ascent - 39m
Duration - Approx 3 hours
Terrain - A flat route with a mixture of waggonways, tarmac and forest tracks.
Parking - Plenty of parking near Newburn Activity Centre along Cycle Route 72. View Parking Map
If hills aren't your thing then why not have a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Tyne from Newburn to Wylam and back.
There is plenty of parking along the riverside at Newburn and for this walk I chose to cross the bridge onto the south side and then return via the north bank.
As you follow Keelman's Way along to Wylam you will pass through a nature reserve called Ryton Willows so keep your eyes peeled for toads, Nuthatches, Buzzards and many other species of bird.
The path hugs the Tyne all the way and is pretty much flat all the way.
Once you arrive at Wylam simply cross over the bridge and start your return journey.
There used to be a path that hugged the river, however as some parts collapsed, this is currently closed. So walk past the garden centre and then look for the waggonway which is Cycle Route 72.
There are some lovely decorated benches along the wagonway depicting the history of the area.
This building is where the civil and mechanical engineer George Stephenson was born and grew up here until he was 8 years old. The building is owned by the National Trust, but has been closed the last few times we have been along this way.
You can choose to stay on the wagonway or pick one of the number of paths that lead into the forest area nearer the river.
And there is the bridge we initially crossed so we're nearly back.
Then it's just a few minutes stroll back to the car or to the nearby cafe if you need a post-walk refreshment.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.