Jesmond to Chillingham Road (3.5 miles)
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- Disabled access
Exit from Jesmond Metro station, walk ahead for 25 yards and turn right to follow the sign “Jesmond Road (West)”. Follow the path passing, on your right, Jesmond Parish Church (1858-61) by the noted North-East architect, John Dobson. Continue under the flyover to Windsor Place. At the pillar box, bear left, cross Jesmond Road West, and descend towards Northumbria University. At the junction, turn right and follow the pavement as it makes its way to the pedestrian lights near the Customer Service Centre entrance of the Civic Centre (A).
Turn left, cross over the road at the lights and turn right. After a few yards, you may wish to take the path off to the left to visit the University Gallery which is open to the public. Otherwise continue on the main path to the junction at the NatWest Bank. Turn left and continue ahead to the crossroads, passing the City Hall and its Concert Bar on your right. Diagonally opposite is Burt Hall, named after Thomas Burt, a miner, elected to Parliament in 1873 as one of the first working class MPs. It is topped by the statue of a miner and was formerly the headquarters of the Northumberland Miners’ Association. The building is now owned by the Northumbria University, as are most of the properties on the section of Northumberland Road along which you are going to walk. On your left, high in the wall, in a niche, is a statue of Dame Allen, founder of the school bearing her name now located in Fenham (B).
Turn left and walk ahead, passing St James’s Church (1822-4) on your left and noting the sculpture of books outside the Ellison Building on your right. At the end of the road bear right to cross the pedestrian bridge over the Central Motorway. Go down the ramp, turn right to cross over the access road, turn left and continue ahead following the pavement as it bears right past Glenamara House. Proceed along Falconar Street, with a stone wall on your right and a pleasant terrace of houses on your left, until you reach the junction. Proceed ahead to cross the road with care. On your right is The Art Works studio and gallery. To continue the walk turn left. Walk ahead past Christ Church (1861), the adjacent primary school and the Queen’s Arms. Continue in the same direction down Copland Terrace. You pass the Martin-Luther-Kirche on your left just before arriving at a junction. Bear left and descend to a mini-roundabout and a ring road (B1600-Stoddart Street). Cross over the busy road with care. On your right and well worth visiting is The Biscuit Factory, housing an art gallery and restaurant (C).
To continue on the walk, turn left (or turn right if exiting from The Biscuit Factory) and continue ahead until your reach some pedestrian lights. Turn right onto the pedestrian path and cycleway and follow it across the green area, ignoring paths off, until you reach a road (Newington Road). Cross over the road, turn left and proceed to the pedestrian lights ahead at Warwick Street. Go across the road and continue in the same direction as the road climbs gradually to Starbeck Avenue with its Sapori cafe and a choice of sandwich bars. Proceed to the T-junction and turn right onto Sandyford Road. Walk ahead with the walls of Jesmond Old Cemetery on your left. Designed by John Dobson, it is said to be one of his finest works. (Opposite Goldspink Lane, you can walk through the gateway across to the imposing north entrance of the cemetery. In addition to Dobson’s own grave, it contains the graves of many prominent local Victorian families). To continue on the walk, proceed in the same direction past the entrance to Central Newcastle High School Junior Department, once the house of Dr Gibbs of the song The Blaydon Races and later a residential home run by the Sisters of Nazareth. In a short distance, bear right as Sandyford Road converges with Jesmond Road (D).
Continue along the pavement, passing The Punch Bowl on the opposite side of the road, and just after Roseberry Crescent, at the pedestrian lights, cross over the road to the Pizzeria Santana and turn right. Now proceed ahead past The Cradlewell pub and a parade of shops and Cafe Bar One. Take care as you cross over Osborne Avenue and Shortridge Terrace. On your right you pass Holy Trinity Church (started in 1908 and completed as a war memorial in 1920-2). A few yards beyond the church, bear right and cross, with care, to Jesmond Dene Road. Don’t follow the road down but bear left to go across the fine bridge (built by Lord Armstrong’s company in 1876-8 and bearing his name) that spans Jesmond Dene and the Ouseburn (E).
Walk across the bridge, the site of a popular arts and crafts market on Sundays, taking time to admire the excellent views. A few yards beyond the far end of the bridge, turn right to cross another bridge and enter Armstrong Park. Follow the broad path between the trees. After about 500 yards, over to the right, shortly before you reach an access road, you may even catch a glimpse of the unusually decorated “shoe tree” (featured in Julia Darling’s novel, The Taxi Driver’s Daughter). Cross the road with care and continue ahead into Heaton Park. An information board on your right provides some historical details. Continue ahead for a couple of hundred yards, past the ornate pavilion and bowling green on your right, until you reach a crescent with seats on your left and a children’s play area over to the right. Leave the broad path to turn left and climb steeply out of the park to Heaton Park View (F).
Cross over the road, with care, and continue along Stannington Grove to the second road on your left (Cardigan Terrace). Turn left and walk to the crossroads. Cross over the busy road (Heaton Road) at the traffic lights and proceed directly ahead to a T-junction. Turn right and walk a short distance before turning left up Third Avenue. On your right, on the wall of no. 44 you pass a blue plaque, one of a number in the city recognising noted former residents. At the T-junction, with The Chillingham pub on your right, cross with care over the busy road (Chillingham Road), turn right and go over the pedestrian bridge. Turn left and walk the short distance to Chillingham Road Metro station and the end of the walk.