Angel's Way Short Walk - Backworth to Killingworth

This walk is part of the trek The Angel's Way : Seaton Sluice to Chester-le-Street.

This is a section of the Angel's Way. It starts in Backworth and follows a rural route passing the ruins of Burradon Tower. After that, it passes through Burradon, Camperdown and Killingworth finishing at the picturesque Killingworth Lake.

Technical sheet
No. 18421621
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 12/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 25/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.47km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 22m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 21m
Highest point Highest point : 84m
Lowest point Lowest point : 55m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 55.043353° / W 1.536958°
Ending point Ending point : N 55.031409° / W 1.57114°
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Description

(D) From the junction of Killingworth Avenue and Backworth Lane, follow Backworth Lane (B1322) in a westerly direction away from the village. The walk follows the Tyne and Wear Heritage Trail so look out for the black and white disks with HW on them.

(1) You will pass West Farm on your right and round a bend next to the A19, just beyond this bend, take the cycle path on your left, this includes Burradon Tower, the next point of interest.

(2) When you reach the intersection of the tracks, turn right towards Burradon House and Tower.

(3) Carry straight on then turn left at Burradon House, ensure you check out the tower and then continue on the farm road past the farm buildings.

(4) At the road junction with B1505, turn immediately left onto the cycle path, you will see a clear sign saying Waggonway. Continue past the sports ground (right) and the pond (left).

(5) When you reach the metal sculpture with the train tracks on it, turn left between the wood posts. Take one of the paths around the pond in a southerly direction and join the track behind the houses, turning in an easterly direction. When you reach the roundabout, follow Killingworth Way (A1056) in an easterly direction towards the A19. This is a busy road so cross using the pedestrian crossing by the roundabout.

(6) At the farm shop, turn right taking the path to your right just through the gate. follow this path along the back of the houses. The sports ground will be on your left and then a school on your right. The path goes under the road here, continue to follow the path in a southerly direction.

(7) At the second road junction with East Bailey, leave the path which goes under the road and take the path that leads up to the road itself. Turn right and walk along East Bailey to the large roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and walk to Killingworth Lake where the walk ends (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 62m - Junction of Fisher Lane and Backworth Lane
1 : km 1.04 - alt. 55m - Cycle Path Sign to Burradon Tower
2 : km 1.92 - alt. 69m - Track Junction
3 : km 2.54 - alt. 64m - Burradon Farm and Tower
4 : km 3.05 - alt. 64m - B1505 Junction
5 : km 3.59 - alt. 71m - Metal Sculpture with Train Tracks
6 : km 4.64 - alt. 81m - Farm Shop
7 : km 5.7 - alt. 73m - Road Junction
A : km 6.47 - alt. 63m - Killingworth Lake

Useful Information

  • Transport: Arriva 54 (Newcastle to Whitley Bay) stops at Killingworth Lake and Backworth Lane There is a car park at the far side of killingworth lake.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities during the walk but in Backworth there are cafes at Backworth Hall and Gnash@Backworth Club. There are a number of takeaways, cafes and restuarants in Killingworth (turn right at the large roundabout to town centre just before the end of the walk.
  • Accessibility: The majority of this route is on cycle paths which are solid surfaces. The main area of unsurfaced paths is around the pond (5) but a suitable route can be chosen by continuing past the pond and turning right along the back of the houses.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Burradon Tower
  • Killingworth Lake/Lakeside Park

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