Route amendments – Stage 5
Source of the South Tyne to Alston Page 71
The route no longer goes through the farmyard at Hole House and Paragraph 3, Line 6 should now read: After some 60yds go over the waymarked stile next to a gate and walk ahead to pass the farm buildings of Hole House on your left. Go through the gate, cross the farm road and …
Route amendments – Stage 7
Haltwhistle to Haydon Bridge – Allen Banks National Trust site
Due to severe landslips and the loss of the wobbly bridge it is no longer possible to access Morralee Tarn from the car park side of the National Trust site at Allen Banks. Walkers now need to follow the road from the site entrance as detailed in the Guidebook Page 100.
Route amendments Stage 10
Corbridge to Wylam
Due to a significant landslide following exceptional rainfall in December 2015, part of the route between Corbridge and Riding Mill has become impassable. Consequently the route has had to be permanently diverted – See pages 123-125.
(Map OS Explorer OL43). This stage of the trail begins from Corbridge at the south end of the bridge at the access road in front of the Lion Court apartments. Turn right and follow the road as it climbs to go over the bridge over the railway. Just beyond the two traffic mirrors, go up the steps to enter the woods.
Bear right and follow the path between the trees and go through the waymarked gate. Continue up the field edge. At the top of the field go over the stile. Cross the road with care and enter the field opposite. Continue along the field edge with shrub land on your right. Leave the field by the waymarked stile.
Cross the lane (Ladycutter Lane) and go through the waymarked gate. Continue straight ahead climbing quite steeply at times as you pass through a series of kissing gates. You meet an access road at Mount Pleasant Cottage. Turn left and walk down the road for a short way, bear right at the fork and continue on the road which climbs quite steeply, Bear right when you reach the access road to Burn Brae Lodge.
Continue along the minor road as it climbs steadily with woods on your left before it bears left to climb past High Ash and High Level Cottage. At the top of the climb you pass Prospect Hill farm. At the crossroads turn left. The road descends gradually for about 3⁄4 mile. (Map OSExplorer 316). At the T-junction turn left.After about 220yds, turn right into the entrance to some properties at Riding Hills. Walk straight ahead between the properties and turn right before reaching a gate. Walk a few yards along the side of the property and go through a gate. Cross a stile to exit from the properties. Continue down the field edge with the hedge on your left.
After going through two gates you arrive at road. Turn left and follow this slightly busier road past the pleasant properties of Beauclerc. Continue along the road as it bears right and descends to meet the main road. Cross over with care and turn right into Riding Mill. Continue ahead to rejoin the route described from The Wellington on Page 125. This amendment adds 3⁄4 mile to the Corbridge-Riding Mill section. If you wish to make up for lost time and avoid further climbs, you can follow the pavement alongside the A695 from Riding Mill to Stocksfield, rather than the more scenic route (see P125-128).
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Route amendments – Stage 12(a)
North side of Tyne to Tynemouth Page 165
Page 165, Line 6, “Once across the walkways…” to Page 166, Line 13. “To resume the trail…”
Once across the walkways, turn immediately right along the riverside path with some modern housing on your left. The surfaced path soon climbs between the trees away from the riverside. (Further developments should enable you to continue along the waterside all the way to the North Shields Ferry landing). Turn right immediately after the metal barrier and continue up a narrow surfaced path, parallel to an access road. At the top of the rise, bear right to follow the road as it descends past further housing developments and two modern high-rise buildings. You pass a turning circle for the bus service and a few yards on the right lies the ferry landing.
To resume the trail…
Route amendments – Stage 12(b) South side of Tyne to South Shields
Bottom of Page 181- top of Page 184 altered as follows:
You arrive at a further entrance to the Port of Tyne at Tyne Dock. Cross the access road with care to pass Navigation House. A sign indicates that Tyne Dock Metro Station is ¼ mile to the right. At the roundabout turn left in the direction “Riverside B1302”. Look out for a bench behind which are three metal figures of local significance (Sarah Milligan, comedian; a Roman centurion and Norman Fry, cycle maker). Ignore the sign indicating “New Route” to the right and instead keep to the left, with Kennedy’s pub on the right. The busy road passes the Port of Tyne Warehouse Service as it climbs for about ¾ mile. At the top of the rise as the road bears right you need to turn left down an access road
Walk down the access road (West Holburn). Through the railings, you will see the Port of Tyne International Terminal and possibly one of the DFDS Seaways vessels. Follow the road which turns right to join Commercial Road. Turn left to pass the Trimmers Arms and then, on the right, South Tyneside Law Courts. Watch out after about 100yds, to turn left to leave the roadside path. Walk down the narrow path and descend thirteen steps towards a housing complex (to avoid the steps you could continue straight ahead).
Route amendments – Stage 12(b)
South side of Tyne to South Shields
Eventually, you arrive at a roundabout near the centre of Jarrow. If you wish to seek refreshments or you feel you have come far enough after walking about 7 miles, turn right for local amenities and Jarrow Metro Station.
However, to continue on the trail, turn left and follow the road (B1297) for about a mile. On the right you will see a Tyne Tunnel ventilation tower while the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels entrances lie to the left. You might like to walk down and visit the entrance and enjoy the view of the river from the riverside park. (Here you have the opportunity, should you wish, to walk beneath the river and continue the trail down the north side of the Tyne.
To continue down the south side of the river, continue ahead on the B1297 for about ¼ mile before turning left just before a gasometer and the exit to Cemex Jarrow Wharf. Bear right and walk past the bollards to follow the surfaced, path as it descends to an access road near the River Don.