Percy Main to Shiremoor (4 miles)

Exit from Platform 1 to meet a road and turn left, or if exiting from Platform 2 turn right. Follow the road past The Percy Arms and then after about 200 yards, just before the road sign for the roundabout (Tynemouth A1058) turn left to join the metalled path onto the National Cycle Network 10 .

Follow the metalled path under two adjacent bridges and proceed straight ahead as the path goes parallel to the North Tyneside Steam Railway line. The track goes under a main road (Coast Road) and the railway line disappears off towards the left. Ignore paths off until ventually the track meets a main road. Turn left and walk about 100 yards to the entrance to the Stephenson Railway Museum (the museum which contains memorabilia and explanations of the north-east’s important railway heritage is open, free of charge, May-September except on Mondays and Fridays).

To continue the walk, from the museum cross the busy road with care, turn right and walk a few yards to take the public footpath “West Allotment 1m 1.5Km”. After a few yards, turn right to pass a vehicle barrier and then, after a further 50 yards on the surfaced track, turn left. Continue ahead, passing reed beds and dense hedgerows, as the pleasant track climbs very gently for several hundred yards until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and then left to go through a vehicle barrier and meet a minor road. Cross the road with care and continue ahead on the public bridleway. After a few yards go through a barrier and turn left. Follow the surfaced path as it bears right and arrives at a sign “Silverlink Park biodiversity in North Tyneside”. Continue ahead towards the Silverlink Sundial which you will see on the rise. At a major crossing of paths, turn left and follow the path past three small ponds. Bear right at the fork to walk beside a fourth and larger pond. Near the end of this pond you reach a broad surfaced area. On the right a path leads to the sundial which can be reached either by steps or by the longer route on the path. From the top of the rise there are views of Tyneside and far beyond.

To continue on the walk, retrace your steps from the sundial to the broad surfaced area, turn right and continue ahead. After just under 100 yards, take the left-hand fork and proceed parallel to the road on your left until you arrive at a car park. There is an information board on your right and across the road to your left is the Village Hotel (open to visitors for refreshments). Continue ahead, ignoring paths off until you reach a junction. Bear right, then immediately left towards a building with a white fascia (Patterson Ford Dealer), to pass a vehicle barrier and join the disused railway line you left earlier.

Turn left and walk along the cycle path under two adjacent bridges before proceeding through a sheltered cutting. At the point where the pylons carrying the overhead electricity cables bear off to the left and houses appear on the right, leave the path and go right on the narrow path for about 50 yards to the end of a cul-de-sac.

Turn right and walk down the road from the cul-de-sac passing, on your left, the playing fields of Shiremoor School and the relatively modern Parish Church of St Mark (1967). At the T-junction, with The Beaumont pub to your right, turn left and continue for a few hundred yards to Shiremoor Metro station and the end of the walk.

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