Fellgate to Brockley Whins (5 miles)

Fellgate to Brockley Whins walk map

Leave Fellgate Metro station. From Platform 1, take the stairs or lift and bear left to join the road and walk under the Metro bridge. Turn left to pick up the metalled path. From Platform 2, take the stairs or lift to join the metalled path and turn left. Proceed ahead on the path, parallel to the Metro line, and at the fork bear right. Keep on the path as it descends to the narrow Calfclose Burn and, ignoring paths off, follow the burn. When the path meets a road at a T-junction turn right and walk a few yards to a bus stop. Turn left, cross the road and continue ahead on the metalled path now with the burn on your left. You arrive at a footbridge (A).

Cross the footbridge and then bear right to cross Fieldway and continue in the same direction, passing Brookfield Park on your right. Follow the road as it curves, until shortly after a sports court you reach Moorlands on your right. Turn right, cross over the road and walk to the end of Moorlands. Turn left and walk along the path with houses on your left. When you reach the last bungalow, don’t follow the path to the left. Instead, bear right, then walk a few yards and turn right to cross the bridge over the main road (A19). Bear right, walk a few yards, then turn left to cross the road at the traffic island to arrive at a junction with Hedworth Lane (B).

Proceed along Hedwoth Lane, passing Aged Miners Homes on both sides. Follow the road as it bears left and passes St Nicholas’ Church, Hedworth (1878) on your left. Continue in the same direction; Hedworth Lane Methodist Church (1895) appears on your right. A short distance before The Crown pub, cross the road with care and go along the road to the left of the church. Turn right and then almost immediately left to enter the little park (Coronation Park). Walk ahead and exit through the gate on your right. Walk straight ahead across the road and on the pavement between the houses. When you reach a path ahead, turn left and walk towards Simpson Close. Carry on in the same direction on the metalled path. Turn left then immediately right through wooden barriers into the recreation ground. At the T-junction, turn left and proceed ahead. Take the second path on the right, walk to a circle and bear left. Walk ahead, ignoring paths off, and exit the recreation ground. Turn right and come to a roundabout near Asda. Turn left to cross the road with care and go into a small clearing with benches. Walk past an unusual wrought iron war memorial and join the main road. Cross the road at the traffic lights. Turn right and walk to North Road (C).

To continue the walk, proceed along the left-hand side of North Road. You pass a parade of shops, including the RU Peckish sandwich bar and deli, and houses. On your right is the Boldon British Legion Club with its memorial clock and plaque. After passing Watson Terrace, as the road enters open country, continue ahead for about 150 yards. Turn left through the metal barrier and then almost immediately left again to join a metalled path. Follow the path, with the narrow River Don on your left, ignoring paths off, until you reach a fork at a metal bench with housing ahead. Bear left and proceed ahead for several hundred yards, again ignoring paths off, until you reach a crossing of paths beside a metal bench behind houses. Turn left and follow the path as it crosses a footbridge. Bear right and walk for 100 yards to reach a main road (New Road). Turn left and walk for 300 yards to the entrance to Boldon Comprehensive School. Turn right and cross the road with care to take the public footpath opposite (D).

Follow the surfaced track as it makes its way round the playing fields on your left. To the right, in the distance, you can see the tall Cleadon Water Tower (1862) and the base of Cleadon Windmill. Where the track forks, bear left at a public bridleway sign to pass a small pond on your right. You are now in Colliery Wood, land reclaimed after the closure of Boldon Colliery. The small metal sculpture near the pond is one of twelve forming a children’s sculpture trail. Walk along the broad track until you reach a T-junction beside some metal sculptures. Turn right and walk ahead. At a crossing of paths continue straight ahead. Go through a metal barrier and, after a few yards, bear right and follow the path as it descends to arrive near a former railway bridge on your right. Cross a footbridge and bear right for a few yards, then turn left and follow the main path to arrive at Brockley Whins Metro station and the end of the walk.

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