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Hexham Town Walk, Northumberland

Walk 16 - Hexham Town Walk

This is a walk that explores the historic side of Hexham. It starts off with a wonderful stretch following the river Tyne in the splendid setting of the Tyne Green Country Park. A lovely short walk in Hexham, Northumberland.



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walk summary

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starting Point: Hexham
  • OS Map: Explorer OL43

This is a walk that explores the historic side of Hexham. It starts off with a wonderful stretch following the river Tyne in the splendid setting of the Tyne Green Country Park. It is one of the best short walks in Northumberland.


Then you cross the railway and climb up into the town centre to visit Hexham Abbey that overlooks the market place. Inside you can still see the 7th century bishops throne of St Wilfrid, the crypt he had built from Roman stones and the carved cross set up by St Acca’s grave in 740.


The walk visits the market place, which has witnessed much of the towns turbulent past before passing the Moot house and then the Old Goal, which was built by order of the Archbishop in 1930. Below ground are two dungeons with the other prisoners being held upstairs in chains.


On your return route you pass Hexham station and other points of interest.


This walk has a little quiz for all ages to complete on your way round, with all the answers being found on route. Once completed please e-mail the answers to info@shepherdswalks.co.uk with your postal address to receive your mystery Shepherds Walks gift.


Children: I researched this walk with my daughter in her pram. Therefore I would say it is suitable for children of all ages. The route involves crossing the railway, which may be a problem if pushing a pram. There is however an alternative crossing via a tunnel a little further up line. See route guide and map for details.


One of the most interesting short walks in Northumberland.



Distances and driving times to starting point


Newcastle - Distance: 21 miles


Sunderland - Distance: 35 miles


Hexham - Distance: 0.6 miles


Alnwick - Distance: 50 miles


Edinburgh - Distance:  96 miles


 

shepherd's notes

This walk guide contains route data which can be used in conjunction with your own GPS.


Discover the rich variety that Hexham has to offer. From the parkland to the historic buildings.

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