Whether you’re an avid trekker or just love exploring the outdoors, there’s nothing better than experiencing the contrast between the captivating countryside and the hive of activity in a bustling metropolis. From the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall walk to a city centre trail, taking a hike through Newcastle-upon-Tyne will offer the perfect balance of urban excitement and picturesque panoramas.
One of the best things about Newcastle breaks is the accessibility of the city – meaning from the Quayside to the city centre, you can explore it all on foot.
Affectionately known as the 15 minute city, it couldn’t be easier to access all the delights of Newcastle upon Tyne.
That’s why today, we’re bringing you 5 reasons why you should consider this exciting city on your next holiday getaway.
1. Explore the city’s shopping scene
It may have formerly been part of the A1, but the pedestrianised Northumberland Street is now famous for being the city’s most well-known shopping street.
Featuring over 51 retailers, and encompassing a grand entrance to the Eldon Square shopping centre, this retail district is second-to-none.
Home to the country’s original Fenwick department store, Northumberland Street provides everything from traditional to more contemporary shopping opportunities – meaning you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone on your Christmas list.
With market stalls and outdoor activities taking place during the summer and the glittering Fenwick Christmas window display lighting up the street during the wintertime, it’s not hard to see why so many visitors are attracted to this major northern shopping street.
2. Dine with a view
With the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Sage Gateshead located on the Gateshead quays, the Newcastle Quayside boasts breathtaking views of the city.
The iconic Millennium Bridge connects visitors to these world-famous landmarks by foot and provides the perfect place for drinking in the view of the city.
Whether you enjoy the region’s best beverages in one of the boutique bars or dine in style while overlooking the banks of the River Tyne, a visit to the Quayside won’t disappoint.
3. Immerse yourself in local history
Newcastle upon Tyne is steeped in culture and tradition, and with a wealth of historic buildings and monuments found across the city centre, you can head off on foot to explore the city’s past. From the stunning 15th century Cathedral to the iconic medieval castle that gave the city its name, there’s so much to explore in this cultural hub.
4. Get back to nature in the woodlands
Just a stone’s throw from the bustling city centre, find the picturesque parkland of Jesmond Dene.
Explore the peace and serenity that comes with this unspoilt area of the city, and take in the dramatic waterfall and beautiful foliage as you walk through the scenic woodland paths.
The iconic Armstrong Bridge spans the south end of the park, and is home to local food markets and arts and crafts fairs on most weekends.
For younger visitors, a trip to the Dene’s unique Pets Corner is guaranteed to impress, as animals of all shapes and sizes reside here – making it the ideal place to make the most of the great outdoors.
5. Travel back in time beneath the streets of Newcastle
Opt for a more unconventional way to explore this exciting city by heading 85 feet underground into the preserved 19th century Victoria Tunnel.
This underground waggonway is 2.25 miles in length, connecting the Town Moor to the River Tyne.
Initially built to transport coal from the Spital Tongues Colliery during the 1800s, the Victoria Tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter during the Second World War.
So, whether you’re keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre or are interested in learning more about Newcastle’s rich history, travel back in time as you explore this unique tunnel by foot.
From its iconic skyline to the wealth of history that lies below the streets of the city, there’s an abundance of things to explore in this vibrant city.
There’s always something new to discover in Newcastle upon Tyne, so make the most of your trip to this diverse city and experience all that the areas got to offer by foot.
We hope that you enjoyed this guide to hiking through Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’re interesting in hiking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, check out our range of self-guided hiking tours.