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Tyne and Wear Heritage Way

Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

129 km / 80 miles
The Tyne and Wear Heritage Way is an 80 mile route taking in the rich historic and industrial heritage of the area, making a circumnavigation around Newcastle upon Tyne both along the coast and inland through wooded valleys and over high ground with distant views. The route is broken down into nine convenient sections that you can walk at any time, in any order. Each section can be walked in a day. A downloadable guide for each section is available from the website below.

From the north side of the Tyne at North Shields the route goes north to Seaton Sluice along the North East coast, It then heads inland west to Burradon and links Ponteland, Wylam, Thornley Woods, Beamish, Washington Village and reaches the coast again at Roker Pier where it heads north along the coast to South Shields on the south side of the Tyne.

The route visits Causey Arch, the first single span, stone railway bridge in the world and Bowes Railway Museum, the world's only standard gauge rope-hauled railway. There are contrasts in the architecture of handsome Washington Old Hall, ancestral home of the family of George Washington, first President of America, with the humble cottage where George Stephenson, the great Railway pioneer, was born. It takes in the dramatic coastline near Marsden Rock, the busy Fish Quay at North Shields and walks along waggonways, once teeming with the industrial might of the coal industry.

Along the coastal section between Sunderland and Seaton the route often takes the same line as the newly opened section of the England Coast Path National Trail from South Bents to Amble.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Start: NZ356679 - North Shields, Tyne and Wear View on StreetMap
Finish: NZ359670 - South Shields, Durham View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Tyne & Wear Heritage Way


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
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OS Landranger Active 88
OS Explorer 307, 308, 316
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Reminder: Material downloaded from this website is for personal use only. Commercial use, reproduction, modification of all content is strictly prohibited without prior approval by the LDWA. Please Contact Us if you have any requests.

Route Profile:

127.3 km (79.1 miles)
1,666 m (5,466 ft) ascent
222 m (728 ft)  maximum height

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