Wansbeck Road to Four Lane Ends (5 miles)

Wansbeck Road to Four Lane Ends walk map

Exit from Wansbeck Road Metro station, Platform 2, to the main road (Wansbeck Road South), turn left and walk ahead, past The Collingwood pub and a parade of shops, to the traffic lights at Jubilee Road. (If leaving from  Platform 1, turn right, walk up the road, cross over at the pedestrian crossing, turn right and continue ahead to the traffic lights).

Turn left and proceed along Jubilee Road. You pass the Welford Centre (Day service for adults with learning disabilities) on your right, and the Fire Station on your left. At the traffic lights, opposite St Nicholas Park, with its collection of offices, services and hospital facilities (note the multilingual sign), you reach Regent Avenue (A).

Turn left and walk past the Northern Rock complex and then the Children’s Services Entrance of St Oswald’s Hospice, until you arrive at the Gift Shop and Visitor Centre at the Adult Services Entrance of St Oswald’s. Cross to the opposite side of the road and proceed along Archibald Street. At the T-junction, turn right and walk to the pedestrian crossing. Cross over the road, turn left and in a short distance turn right into Ivy Road. Follow Ivy Road as it curves past some neat terraced houses and eventually meets a main road (Gosforth High Street). On the right, you have just passed Trinity Church, originally opened as a Wesleyan Chapel in 1841, now the reflection of the amalgamation of three local churches (A Methodist-United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Partnership). Cross over the road at the pedestrian lights, turn right and walk the short distance to the traffic lights at St Nicholas Avenue (unless, first of all, you want to find refreshments in the Shopping Centre or on the High Street) (B).

Turn left and proceed into Gosforth Central Park. Just beyond the gates, on your right, there is a notice board that provides some information about the history of the park. The tall structure beyond the park wall is the indoor coaching facility at South Northumberland Cricket ground. Take the second path on the left and walk through the centre of the park, past the war memorial, to a raised area with seats. Just before the steps, turn right and follow the path left, then right to pass a bowling green on your right and exit onto a road (Church Road). Cross the busy road with care, either at the traffic island or lights on your left, to enter Rothwell Road, directly opposite. On the right is St Charles Church (1911), designed by a Belgian architect, Charles Menart. Continue to the end of the street, passing a variety of tiny gardens and turn left at the T-junction. Walk the short distance to the traffic lights at the main road, the B1318. Turn right, cross over Christon Road and walk about 200 yards to the roundabout. Regent Centre Metro station is on your left (useful if you are weary at this point) and Asda is directly ahead (C).

Turn right and walk down Hollywood Avenue into Garden Village taking the opportunity to cross over to the other side of the road at a convenient point. After about half a mile, as the road bears right, you reach a bus turning point at Woodlea Gardens (D).

Turn left and walk along the quiet access road with a green area on your right. After about 200 yards, you cross a bridge over the Ouseburn. Continue ahead on the public bridleway “Heathery Lane 1/4 0.4km”. The metalled path climbs very gently before it passes between the fairways of Gosforth Golf Club (known locally as “The Bridlepath”). Turn right at the first junction and continue along the lane, between the hedgerows, to a T-junction at a main road (Salters Lane). Cross over the road with care, using the traffic island on your left to join the surfaced track directly opposite. Continue ahead with the business park premises on your left and housing on your right. After a few hundred yards you pass the animal sanctuary at Benton North Farm on your right. Continue ahead and a few yards before the road, turn right past a metal barrier to walk a short distance to the entrance to the Dog and Cat Shelter and Animal Sanctuary. This is open to visitors and contains an interesting assortment of animals as well as a private board suite! (E).

To continue on the walk, proceed ahead, passing Saint Peter and Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church (1960) and in about half a mile you reach Four Lane Ends Interchange. Cross over the road at the pedestrian lights to Four Lane Ends Metro station and the end of the walk (unless you wish to continue ahead to seek refreshments from the shops beyond the lights or the pubs to the left).

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