Haymarket to Monument (2.5 miles)
- Disabled access
From the top of the escalator walk to the left to exit from the Haymarket Metro Station. Immediately on your left is the South African (Boer) War Memorial, depicting the goddess Victory. Cross the road at the traffic lights and walk ahead on the main pavement with St Thomas’s Church on your right.
St Thomas’s Church (1825-1830) was designed by John Dobson (1787-1865), the famous Newcastle architect. There are three further war memorials outside the church. The new glass gates symbolise “linking of the church with the world”.
Walk ahead and turn left to cross by the traffic lights to join Kings Walk. (To avoid flights of steps on the next section, turn right and walk to the junction. Turn left and walk up Claremont Road to a set of pedestrian lights. Now follow directions from (A).
Proceed ahead through the grounds of the University of Newcastle. Go through the arches. On your left is the Museum of Archaeology and, over to the right, the Hatton Gallery. Admission to both is free. Walk through the quadrangle. At the top go down the steps on the right and at the bottom of the second flight of steps bear right and walk to the road ahead. Turn left and walk a few yards to pedestrian lights (A).
Cross the road at the lights. Turn left and proceed to the roundabout ahead and the entrance to Exhibition Park. The park acquired its name when the former recreation ground there was redesigned for the North East Coast Exhibition of 1929 (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries’ Exhibition Ale appeared at the same time). Walk into the park. Take care because park vehicles use this route. Follow the road, passing a cafe on your right, to arrive at the lake. The walk continues to the left but you may, first, wish to visit the Military Vehicle Museum on the opposite side. To continue the walk, turn left and proceed to a wide gate and exit the park onto the Town Moor. This vast green expanse is sometimes referred to as “Newcastle’s lung”. It is owned by the city for the benefit of Newcastle townsfolk who have free access but the grazing rights belong to the city’s Freemen (B).
Walk ahead and at the junction of paths turn right. At the next junction turn right onto the path with the street lights. Walk ahead to the crossing of paths and turn left. Proceed on this path to a bridge over the dual carriageway. The mounds ahead over to the right (formed from the excavated waste when the road was built) are the highest points around and provide views over to the Cheviot Hills. Cross the bridge and turn left to exit the Town Moor at a road junction (C).
Cross to the other side of Claremont Road. This area is the peculiarly-named Spital Tongues, formerly a small colliery village. Turn left and walk down the road, passing the remains of a windmill and St Luke the Evangelist’s Church (1886), and turn right into North Terrace at The North Terrace pub. At the end of the street go straight ahead and proceed along the footpath which runs between university buildings. Exit onto a busy road and, with care, cross to the other side (D).
Turn left and proceed down the road. The Royal Victoria Infirmary is on the left and Leazes Park is on the right. The park was created in 1873 as Newcastle’s first public park and is currently undergoing an extensive restoration scheme to bring it back to its Victorian splendour. A short distance after the traffic island, go into the park and immediately turn left. After a few yards, turn right to arrive at the side of the lake. Turn right and enjoy a walk round the lake. Just before the end of the lake, when you are more or less in line with the infirmary chimney, turn right and walk ahead. To your right a tree trunk has been transformed into a sculpture. Carry on and exit the park where the stadium and the splendid early 19th-century terrace of houses almost meet. Turn left and walk along two sides of Leazes Terrace. At the T-junction, turn right and walk a few yards to St James Street. Turn left and walk to the end of the road. Cross at the pedestrian lights and turn right to come to The Strawberry pub. At the corner, turn left and walk by the side of the pub. Look for the board outlining the pub’s history
and the derivation of its name. St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United, and St James Metro Station are over to your right (E).
Proceed down the street (Strawberry Lane). At the end, opposite St Andrew’s Church, turn left. Walk ahead over the busy crossroads to pass Eldon Square on your left and arrive at Grey’s Monument, Monument Metro Station and the end of the walk.