On exiting from Hebburn Metro station turn left from Platform 1, or turn right if exiting from Platform 2. Follow the main road (Prince Consort Road) passing Martha’s Vineyard pub and St Aloysius RC Church (1888) on your right. At the roundabout bear left in the direction of Prince Consort Industrial Estate, noting, beyond the houses on your right, the fine spire of what was once St Andrew’s Church (now used for industrial purposes). Continue ahead as the road makes its way down towards the cranes of the River Tyne. After passing the entrance to the industrial estate, the road bears to the left and levels out. A short distance beyond a small boatyard, take the metalled path on your left, through the waymarked bollards, into the Riverside Park and view the information board (A).
From here you are walking over a landscape that has been reclaimed from industrial sites, including shipbuilding, chemical and paint works, which once dominated the area. Proceed along the metalled path through the pleasant parkland. You pass some small wooden carvings of symbolic interest: for example, the boat recalls the importance of fishing, shipbuilding and repairing in this area. After about half a mile, at a crossing of paths, you reach a carving of two mushrooms (note, however, that many of the real mushrooms here are poisonous) (B).
Continue ahead for about 60 yards then bear right along a grassy path past a Riverside Nature Trail sign (If the ground is very wet and/or you wish to avoid the grassy section you can continue ahead on the metalled path to point (C)). In a short distance you pass the wooden carving of a horse, horses being used as a way of preserving the local grasslands. The path leads into a plantation and over a short section of boardwalk, near the beginning of which is a carving of a maple leaf. There are good views of the river and across to the opposite bank where suppliers to the o ff shore oil industry have largely replaced Tyneside’s shipbuilding yards. Continue ahead to find a carving of fish, symbolic of the return of a variety of fish to the decontaminated river. After this carving, the path climbs for a short way to where the path forks. Bear left and climb on the path to meet a metalled path. Turn right and proceed for about 50 yards to reach a metal barrier (C).
Go straight ahead past the metal barrier onto a surfaced track. Continue along the track and in a short distance you can admire the fine sweep of the River Tyne ahead to your right. The track goes behind some houses on your left and leads onto Brack Terrace. The Bill Quay cricket ground is on your left. Bear right to pass The Wardley pub and arrive at a crossroads. (Down the hill on your right is a further pub, The Cricketers). Continue ahead, crossing the road with care, and walk to the end of Hainingwood Terrace. Turn right and then bear left along the public footpath towards the entrance to the farm buildings of Bill Quay Farm. The farm, containing a good selection of farm animals, is open daily free of charge. There is a café (open on Saturday, Sunday and school holiday afternoons), picnic tables and plenty to see even when the barns are closed (in the mornings) (D).
To continue the walk, proceed ahead with the farm buildings on your right. Ignore a path off to the right (unless you wish to extend the walk as far as Gateshead, in which case follow Walk 3 from (A)). Continue along the path, go through the metal gate and follow the path to Fisherwell Road. Turn left and walk up the hill to meet the main road (Shields Road) at Croxdale Terrace. Cross over the main road with care and walk ahead to Pelaw Metro station and the end of the walk.