There are several parks and trails that can be put together for runs of various lengths in Wallsend, a town just east of Newcastle upon Tyne. From the center of town, a few options:
Richardson Dees Park & Rising Sun Countryside Centre. Head north on Park Rd. for 0.5 miles to Richardson Dees Park, which has ~1.5 mile of wooded and open field trails, including an Arboretum at its northern end. From the east end, continue on paths passing the Holy Cross Church ruins, for 1 mile, crossing the A1058, to the Rising Sun Countryside Centre. This lovely park has 400 acres of open space and a small lake. It’s 2.75 miles from Wallsend to Rising Sun, and then ~3-4 miles of path on its trails and paths through a combination of nature reserve, grassland, and woodland areas.
Wallsend to Walker Riverside Park. Head south briefly on Park Rd. to join the Cycle Route 72 multi-use path. This heads west into Walker Riverside Park, where you can continue on the cycle path, or, more interestingly, Hadrian’s Trail, which is a section of trail along the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s 3.6 miles from Wallsend to St. Peter’s Marina.
- Add-Ons: Continue on the River Tyne trails. Numerous options, see our route there.
- Depends on route chosen
- Some small hills
- Wallsend Center or in one of the parks
- The parks have car parks