Regent Centre to South Gosforth (5 miles)

Regent Centre to South Gosforth walk map

Exit from Regent Centre Metro station, turn left and follow the pavement beside the main road (Great North Road) for just under 2 miles to Gosforth Park. Initially you walk past Gosforth High School and a parade of shops and then continue, passing the City of Newcastle Golf Club on your left, and The New Three Mile Inn on your right. A few hundred yards after the roundabout at the entrance to Brunton Park, use the pedestrian lights to cross over the road just to the right of Glamis Avenue (A).

Turn left and with the main road on your left, follow the pavement as it bears right. Through the trees on your right you should be able to obtain glimpses of Newcastle Racecourse which dates from the 1880s when the “Pitman’s Derby” now the “Northumberland Plate” was transferred here from the Newcastle Town Moor. Proceed ahead, past the entrances to Gosforth Park with its “Welcome to Newcastle Races” sign and then the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. Continue ahead until you reach a road leading to Chandlers Garden Centre (B).

Turn right and follow the metalled road as it passes the garden centre (with its acquatic centre and its Victorian Tea Rooms) on your right. Continue on the road as it makes its way between the trees until it eventually exits at a junction with a road near the horse-racing stables and the Border Ministrel pub, to the left of which is the 18th century Brandling House (named after its former owners), now incorporated into the grandstand of the racecourse (C).

Take the opportunity to have refreshments at the pub or at Parklands Golf Club and Driving Centre, a few hundred yards ahead on the left and open to the public. (If time allows, you can enjoy a wander through the park by bearing left through the trees to follow one of several paths to complete a pleasant circuit around the outside of the golf course). However, to continue on the walk, turn right at the road junction and follow the path on the left of the road as it leads out of the park to a road junction just beyond the entrance to the Northumberland Golf Club. Turn left and retrace your steps to Glamis Avenue (A).

Turn left into the Melton Park housing estate and continue along Glamis Avenue to the junction with Kingsley Ave. Bear left along Kingsley Ave to pass an open green on your right and the stones of an old chapel destroyed in the 17th century. Turn left just before Belmont Ave into Ferndale Ave and at the end of the cul-de-sac go through the waymarked gateway (D).

Turn right and follow the public footpath “Heathery Lane 2/3”. Keep on the broad surfaced track as it makes its way between the trees and the fields and becomes a metalled lane. Continue down the lane, ignoring paths off to the right and left, as it cuts between another golf course (known locally as “The Bridlepath”). The lane crosses a bridge over the River Ouseburn, a tributary of the River Tyne, and eventually arrives at a bus stop and turning circle (E).

(To avoid the steps over the railway footbridge ahead and the steep climb to South Gosforth Metro Station, you could turn right at this point and follow Hollywood Avenue for just over half a mile to Regent Centre Metro Station).

Now continue ahead for just over 200 yards and when the road bears left to cross the bridge, bear right into Turnberry Way to the footbridge that takes you over the railway line. On the other side of the bridge continue in the same direction down Hunter’s Road to a junction of roads at Brandling Villa. Turn right and walk up Station Road (South Gosforth Bank) past the cafes and shops to South Gosforth Metro station and the end of the walk.

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