Jarrow to Bede (3 miles)

Jarrow to Bede walk map

Leave Jarrow Metro station: from Platform 1, exit via the ramp onto a main road. Before leaving from Platform 2, notice on the left of the platform The Jarrow March sculpture by Vince Rae (1984); exit and turn left to walk along Grant Street to arrive, via steps or the ramp, at the main road. Turn left and walk towards the roundabout. Bear left to walk down the paved path. At the bottom, turn right and go through the underpass. Turn left and walk ahead for 150 yards to the crossroads. Over to your left is Christ Church (1868). The sculpture on the right is The Vikings by Colin M. Davidson (1962). Walk ahead to cross the road at the traffic island and turn right. Proceed ahead to the red stone and brick council offices, the original Jarrow Town Hall (1902). A plaque commemorates the 1936 Jarrow Crusade against high unemployment. Instead of a loud-voiced campaign, the protesters attempted to convey their message by the quiet dignity of a march by 200 unemployed men from Jarrow to London (A).

Continue to a T-junction. Turn left and walk along Ferry Street, towards a tunnel ventilation chimney. At the T-junction, cross the road, turn right and walk a few yards and bear left, then immediately left again, at the old-fashioned street light. Proceed along the path through Jarrow Riverside Park. Turn left at the red brick road and walk a few yards, then turn right and go down the ramp. The entrance to the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnel is on your left. Continue ahead to the riverside (B).

Turn right and proceed along the riverside path. Above, on the right, is a statue of Sir Charles Palmer (1822 - 1907), the eminent Victorian shipbuilder whose yards provided employment in Jarrow from 1852 to 1933. Follow the metalled path as it ascends between metal railings. Exit onto a road via a metal gate and turn left. Walk ahead for 150 yards and turn left at the sign “South Shields, River Don Cycleway”. Proceed ahead. You pass, on your right, a Celtic-style cross and the path descends to meet a road. Cross the road and bear right to walk along the narrow path running alongside the Don. When the path joins a metalled road, carry on for a few yards to come to steps on the right-hand side (C).

(A detour up the steps, signposted to Jarrow Museum, is well worthwhile. Here you enter the place where the Venerable Bede (c673-735), monk and historian, lived and worked. The site of his monastery is over to the left, behind St Paul’s Church, which has 7th-century foundations and a Saxon chancel. On the right is Bede’s World. This features an Anglo-Saxon farm, with animals and crops, and includes Jarrow Hall (1785) which has displays of Anglo-Saxon material and a cafe). To resume the walk from the foot of the steps, continue in the same direction as before and carry on past the boulders to come to Jarrow Bridge. An information board outlines its history. Go onto the path to the right of the river, passing the ruins of the monastery on your right. Continue ahead and then go up the short flight of steps to a main road (you can avoid the steps by turning right to walk up the ramp) (D).

Turn left and walk down to the junction with a busy road. Follow the pavement round to the left and proceed ahead, passing the Allison Arms on your right and then the Alkali pub on your left, until you reach traffic lights. Turn right to cross the road, then turn left to walk a few yards and turn right. Proceed ahead. At the T-junction turn right, walk a short distance and take the next road on the left. Walk ahead, past the Barbour Factory Outlet Shop, to Bede Metro station and the end of the walk.

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