3.7 of 5 (13 votes)

Historic Tynemouth

A leisurely walk (coast) in Tyne and Wear, England, about 3.70km (2.30 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:00h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 31m (101ft)
Descent 15m (49ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 46m (150ft)
Start & End
Tynemouth Metro Station
Distance 3.70km
Duration ~1:00h
Created by rojob on 31 Dec 2010
A short circular walk, mainly paved, exploring the historic sites of Tynemouth and the Fish Quay. Plenty to do and see along the way with ample places to stop and get refreshments also. Ideal for kids as easy terrain and suitable for all ages. Great for history lovers especially.

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OS Grid NZ372691
Head down the ramp to the river mouth, option of walking along the north pier on the way. At the top of the main headland stands the home of the first volunteer life boat brigade in the world. Visit the watchhouse if you wish before proceeding. the headland was also the site of military installations protecting the Tyne over the centuries
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Head around the headland and continue on to the imposing monument to Admiral Lord Collingwood, Nelsons second in command who held off the spanish fleet single handed at Trafalgar until to main fleet arrived.
About 0.13 km (~0.08 miles) from
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Follow the path down from the monument to the promenade that follows the river mouth, and takes you around towards the fish Quay at North Shields via the low lights quay.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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View the now partially reconstructed Cliffords fort and spanish Battery that protected the mouth of the tyne. Look out in the mouth of the tyne for some of the infamous rocks that have claimed many ships over the centuries in particular the Black Middens
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
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Explore the area surrounding LowLights. formaerly a beacon to mark safe passage into the tyne when aligned from the sea with the high Light on the banks above the Fish Quay. Still an active fishing port although now much reduced from the past you can still watch as catches are landed, boats readied and the general life around the quay
About 0.11 km (~0.07 miles) from
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Leaving the quay behind begin to walk back to tynemouth, proceeding up the short steep bank to eventually reach the Tynemouth Lodge a historic pub and still with a friendly reputation and an ideal spot for a refreshing drink if requiring a break. There is also a nearby park at Northumberland park if you have little ones who want to let off some steam in the newly refurbished playground.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Continue back to Tynemouth passing a few more historic places on the way, keeping a look out for the plaques that give you plenty of local and historical information. At Front Street you can explore the local shops or host of pubs and eateries if you wish, before proceeding back to the Metro station.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
OS Grid NZ365693
Start out from the Victorian Railway Station at Tynemouth, which holds markets on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.. Take a while to admire the victorian splendour of the station now used as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Proceed out from the station and follow the signs for Tynemouth village centre or Front Street. Pass through the village green with its war memorial and monuement to Queen Victoria, before heading along Front street towards the sea.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
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Head along front street until you reach the ancient seat and burial place of Northumbrian Kings at Tynemouth Castle and Priory, home to early monastries associated with Durham and Lindisfarne. Take a time to visit the castle and Priory managed by English Heritage (fee). The castle walls enclosed the largest area of any castle in the stewardship of English Heritage. It has been used as a stronghold through the centuries and included World War II gun emplacements, now restored.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

10 May 2018

I walk a variation on this route a lot as I live nearby. I personally would amend the route slightly. After Tynemouth Lodge, go into Northumberland Park and follow the signs to Tynemouth Metro station. Then you can visit the metro station (stairs access only over the platform- you have to go via the nearby road for disabled access) and then walk on down to Front street and the Castle/Priory.

28 Dec 2015
Extended Walk

A good way to extend this walk would be to start with this walk then head north along Cullercoats beach and join Timwoods 'Cullercoats to Whitley Bay' walk at Smugglers Cave.

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