Where are the best walking spots in Newcastle?
Newcastle is known as a bustling, dynamic city full of life both day and night. It’s also surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes, ranging from picturesque coastal scenery to rolling hills and atmospheric forests. This makes it perfect for walking, hiking and generally spending time enjoying the great outdoors. To give you a head start on finding the best walks in Newcastle, here we pick out five of our favourite spots to go for a walk in and around the city.
Hadrian’s Wall Path
Starting with one of the famous landmarks in the UK, Hadrian’s Wall is an emotive piece of Britain’s Roman history. The Hadrian’s Wall Path stretches for some 84 miles between Wallsend and Bowness-on-Solway all the way over on the west coast. Meaning you can pick it up from Newcastle for either a short walk or a long hike. Heddon-on-the-Wall is around eight miles from the city centre and a popular spot to aim for.
Jesmond Dene is a little slice of peace and tranquillity, just a short stroll from the heart of Newcastle. Great for picnics and relaxing walks, the park is a huge draw for those living in Gosforth, Heaton and Jesmond. Wander past the ruins of an old mill as you make your way along a pretty stream to the scenic waterfall to the north of the park.
Only eight miles from the city centre, Tynemouth Beach provides some of the best coastal walks around Newcastle. Great for a stroll come rain or shine, sunnier days will be accompanied by an ice cream as you feel the golden sands between your toes and go for a little paddle in the sea. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps you’ll even have a go at surfing while you’re there.
Next door to the famous St James’ Park football ground, Leazes Park opened back in 1873 and is Newcastle's oldest park. Popular among dog walkers and families, its lake, children’s playground, two cafes and a maze, as well as tennis and basketball courts make it a great spot to enjoy some peace and quiet.
It may be nearly 40 miles from the city in County Durham, but Barnard Castle is one of the most popular places to go for walks near Newcastle. A picturesque market town built around the majestic medieval castle that sits on the bank of the River Tees. You can also stop at one of the local cafes after going for a walk by the gorge for the best views of the historic fort. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, the spectacular High Force waterfall is around 15 miles further up the river.
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