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ROMAN HERITAGE WAY
Wallsend - Heddon-on-the-Wall


This section of the Way is 15 miles (24 Km) and is generally level on tarred or well formed paths. The initial two thirds of this section is urban or city walking although almost all is on tracks removed from traffic.

Entrance to Segedunum at Wallsend

The Way makes use of disused railway tracks that have been converted into attractive urban walkways, riverside paths alongside the vibrant River Tyne, and park walks.
The final third is much more rural and different in nature, this starting at the Tyne River Country Park and extending to the charming village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.
Segedunum is next to the Tyne adjacent to the Swan Hunter Ship Yard at Wallsend. This is the site of the Roman Fort at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall and although there is few of the remains more that a few feet above ground level the fort site is extensive with clear definition of how it was laid out in Roman times.

St Peter's Basin

The way follows close to the line of the Tyne and at this stage there is no direct contact with the Roman wall that was built slightly to the north. The way is however increasingly interesting and attractive as the walk heads towards the heart of Newcastle. The riverside walk is beside areas of extensive re-generation while also retaining some working factories and flourmills.

Millennium Bridge and other Tyne Bridges

After approximately 5 miles the Way passes through the centre of Newcastle on the riverside walk. The Millennium Bridge is the first of several that are passed, and there are many opportunities to stop at the riverside for refreshments. This is also the point where the walker my want to deviate from the route to visit the City Centre of the Baltic Centre across the Millennium Bridge.

Railway Bridge across the Tyne

Staying on the Riverside path the Way now has another 4 to 5 miles of urban walking as it proceeds west towards the outskirts of Newcastle at Lemington. There is a short section of walking on roadside footpaths before crossing over the main ring road on the west side of the city. There now follows some further use of disused railway on the way through Lemington to Newburn. The walker should look out for the distinctive Lemington Glass Cone, a strange "bee hive" shape of building, and to some of the industrial heritage of the area, sadly now in decay.

Tyne River Country Park

At Newburn the walk changes from urban to rural and with the exception of the electrical pylons this is open and attractive. The Tyne River Country Park is the starting point before the Way starts to become a narrow riverside walk.

River Tyne

Heddon-on-the-Wall is to the North and can be seen on the hillside to the right. The way leaves the river and crosses the golf course, watch out as you cross several fairways. On leaving the golf course the walk starts to ascend up a wooded path until finally reaching a right turn into a narrow road. This is the start of housing at Heddon-on-the-Wall.

Housing at Heddon-on-the-Wall

The first houses are very impressive with beautiful views over the Tyne valley below and to the countryside to the south.
The way continues up hill towards the centre of Heddon-on-the-Wall, entering the village the way marking takes you to the east end where Hadrian's Wall is again encountered adjacent to the B 6528 road.

Roman remains at Heddon-on-the-Wall

103 Miles - This section of Hadrian's Wall is a fitting end point for this section and it will be again some time before remains of this clarity are again encountered. Heddon-on-the-Wall can additionally offer refreshment and accommodation, it would be some miles further towards Chollerford before significant options again appear.

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