The Rising Sun Countryside Centre park and the WaggonWays Trail are two good running options in the northeast section of Newcastle upon Tyne, which can be combined for a longer run!
Rising Sun Countryside Centre. This lovely park has 400 acres of open space. One can put together a 3-4 mile run on its trails and paths, through a combination of nature reserve, grassland, and woodland areas. There’s also a small lake.
WaggonWays Trail. This 3-mile multi-use trail is a good off-road running option in Newcastle upon Tyne’s eastern suburbs. It runs from Shiremoor (just south of the A186) south to the A193, near the Percy Main subway station. The trail skirts the eastern end of West Allotment Country Park, which has ~1 mile of pleasant trails, and including a nice hill to the Sun Dial, which is worth seeing!
Combination Run: A connector trail runs between the WaggonWays Trail just north of Coast Rd., heading west for 1 mile to Rising Sun Countryside Park. For a nice run combining the two areas, we’ve mapped an 8.7 mile route, with loops of the West Allotment Country Park & Rising Sun Countryside Park paths, using a 1-mile section of the WaggonWays trail and the connector trail between the two parks.
- WaggonWays Trail: 3.1 miles (one-way); Route combining the two areas: 8.7 miles (14 km)
- Generally flat
- Depends on route chosen
- Depends on route chosen. Can start in either park for combo run