West Jesmond to Jesmond (5 miles)

West Jesmond to Jesmond walk map

Leave West Jesmond Metro Station. From Platform 1, take the steps and subway or the ramp to cross to the other side of the line. Turn left. From Platform 2, turn left. Walk along Brentwood Avenue past shops and restaurants to a crossroads. Turn right and walk along the road (Forsyth Road). At a convenient spot, cross the road and carry on to the crossroads with a main road (Great North Road). Cross at the traffic lights to arrive at a blue gate. This is one of the entrances to the Town Moor, sometimes referred to as “Newcastle’s lung”. It is owned by the city for the benefit of Newcastle townsfolk who have free access but the grazing rights belong to the city’s freemen (A).

 

Go onto the public footpath and walk ahead, via a gate, to a crossing of paths. The metal structure in the distance over to the left is St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United. Turn right and walk along the path with the tall lamp standards. Over to your right in the distance is the tall tower of St George’s Church, Jesmond, which you pass later. Exit from the moor onto the pavement of a main road (Grandstand Road) at its junction with Kenton Road. Turn left and cross the road at the traffic lights. Bear right and walk a few yards to go through the gate on your left onto the Nuns Moor (B).

 

Follow the line of the wall on your right. The grassy path runs roughly parallel to the wall, at distances varying between 20 and 100 yards from it. The Nuns Moor derives its name from the nuns of St Bartholomew’s priory, a Benedictine order, who owned the land. Locally, it is usually referred to as the Cowgate Moor. You pass a tall block of flats and a terrace of modern three-storey properties. Just beyond the latter, leave the moor through a gate on your right onto a narrow alley running between garden fences. Exit the alley at its junction with Sheldon Grove and turn right. Proceed along the pavement. You need to cross the road at the green area in front of the flats (Montagu Court). Carry on in the same direction along the wide Montagu Avenue with its range of interesting properties. The width is accounted for because this was originally part of the carriageway leading to the home of the Montagu family at Denton. Walk to the junction with Kenton Road. Cross the road, using the traffic island to your left. Turn right and walk to the junction with Westfield (C).

 

The building on the corner, now occupied by the car showroom, is on the site of the original grandstand (from which Grandstand Road got its name), erected in 1800 when there was a race track on the Town Moor. Walk along Westfield, past the art deco style Moor Court flats on the right. Immediately after Moor Court, turn right and walk along the alleyway to a public footpath sign. To the right you can see a small building, known as “the bungalow”. This was built for the “convenience” of Queen Victoria on a proposed tour of the area. Turn left onto the Dukes Moor. Follow the narrow path which roughly parallels the garden walls over to your left. Carry on and exit the moor by a gate to a small grassed corner with seats. This was formerly known as “tittybottle corner” because Gosforth nursemaids used to congregate here for a chat while giving the babies their bottles (D).

 

Cross High Street at the pedestrian lights and walk ahead. After a few yards cross Moor Road South and then turn right to cross the road to the public footpath sign opposite. Walk onto the Little Moor and follow the metalled path. Continue, past the allotments, to exit onto a main road. Turn right to walk a few yards and cross the road at the pedestrian lights. Turn left and walk to the junction at the traffic lights (E).

 

Turn right and proceed along the road (Osborne Road). Carry on as the road bears to the left. At the junction, with the ornate white gateposts opposite, follow the road as it bears right then left and walk past St George’s Church (1888). Its Italianate tower is a notable landmark hereabouts. Pass Acorn Road, which has interesting shops and a cafe. Shortly, you go through one of Newcastle’s “in” places with numerous hotels and restaurants. Continue ahead and, just past Haldane Court flats, opposite a small parade of shops, turn into the road on the right (Haldane Terrace) (F).

 

Walk ahead to the T-junction. The Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School is opposite. Turn left and proceed to another T-junction, Jesmond United Reformed Church (1888) is on the opposite corner. Turn left and walk to the crossroads, then turn right and walk to the end of the road (Burdon Terrace). This is the last point for a refreshment stop. Willi’s Coffee Shop is over the road and there are two pubs (The Collingwood Arms and The Bar at the Brandling) tucked away along the lane to the left of the coffee shop. To complete the walk, cross the road into Eskdale Terrace. Proceed ahead passing Central Newcastle High School and the Royal Grammar School to arrive at Jesmond Parish Church (1861) designed by John Dobson (1787-1865), the famous Newcastle architect. It was built in memory of the Revd Richard Clayton (1802-1856), a noted Christian leader on Tyneside in the 19th century. Turn left to walk to Jesmond Metro Station and the end of the walk.

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