Leave Tynemouth Station from Platform 2. (Platform 2 can be accessed from Platform 1 either by steps and a bridge, or, exit the station and follow the sign “Access via road bridge”). Near the exit there are some notice boards with interesting information, including details of markets which are held on the station concourse on Saturdays and Sundays. Emerge opposite Kings School. Turn left and follow the road as it bears right past a pleasant terrace. There is a plaque on Number 9 explaining Garibaldi’s stay there in 1854. The small park on your left has two war memorials and the Queen Victoria Monument (1905) by Alfred Gilbert. Cross at the traffic lights and walk ahead, passing the Land of Green Ginger shopping mall on your right. Carry on along Front Street to the clock tower at the end (A).
Turn right and proceed down the road to Tynemouth Haven. On your left are the ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Over to your right is the Collingwood Monument (1845) designed by John Dobson (1787-1865) the famous architect who was born in North Shields. The tall statue is by John Lough (1798-1876), the highly-regarded Northumbrian sculptor. The monument was paid for by a grateful public, proud of one of the heroes of Trafalgar. Now, follow the path by the side of the road as it ascends to the Spanish Battery. You might like to go left onto the headland to enjoy the views, or to the right to visit the Watch House and Museum. To continue the walk you need to carry on in the same direction and follow the path which soon descends towards the river. On reaching the riverside you will see a plaque referring to the notorious Black Middens (B).
Proceed along the riverside path with the river on your left. Above on the right is the Collingwood Monument. You come to an information panel near the Black Middens. The two large white towers ahead are the Low Light and the High Light, former navigational aids for vessels sailing into the Tyne. Carry on, eventually passing a small sandy beach and a car park. When you reach a road, cross over and follow the sign “Pedestrian Ferry 1/2”. Walk to the New Dolphin pub and bear left to the front of the pub with a modern sculpture and a whale jawbone outside (C).
Walk ahead, passing the Fish Quay on your left. On the right is a miscellany of fishmongers, pubs and cafes. Wm Wight Ltd’s shop usually displays some amusing messages. Just before the tall blue corrugated metal building (the ice house), on the right you arrive at Ropery Stairs (D).
You now have a choice of route. Firstly, to link up with Walk 17 (North Shields - South Shields), continue straight ahead and follow the signs to the Pedestrian Ferry. (Ferries depart every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour, Mondays to Saturdays from 7.30 a.m.; Sundays from 10.30 a.m.). Secondly, to avoid the steep steps, continue straight ahead to a junction near The Porthole pub, turn right and walk up the steep hill. At the T-junction, turn right and proceed to North Shields Metro Station. Thirdly, to continue the walk, turn right and go up Ropery Stairs. At the top, turn left and walk along Tyne Street. Looking back you get a good view of the High and Low Lights. At the end of the street you come to a Waterside Trail information panel and, nearby, an anchor, serving as a memorial “For all those lost at sea”. A plaque on the Registry Office building outlines its history (E).
Turn right and walk along Howard Street, taking care crossing other roads. You come to Northumberland Square. Go into the little park, bear left at the Wooden Dolly sculpture of a Cullercoats fishwife. Follow the path diagonally through the park to the crossroads. Turn right, cross the road and proceed along Upper Camden Street. At the T-junction turn left. Over the road is Christ Church (1668), built as the parish church of Tynemouth. Walk ahead and turn left. Proceed along Church Way, cross at the crossroads with care and walk to the loading bay area. Turn right. Walk ahead and go down the narrow alley. Walk to the clock tower on your left and turn right to arrive at North Shields Metro Station and the end of the walk.