Angel's Way Short Walk, Baltic to the Angel

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

This journey through Gateshead begins at the Baltic Centre for Contempoary Art on the Quayside and ends at the spectacular Angel of the North passing under the iconic Tyne Bridge, passing through the town centre, Victorian park and residential areas.

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No. 18431299
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 12/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 23/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 8.13km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 156m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 76m
Highest point Highest point : 88m
Lowest point Lowest point : 5m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.9691° / W 1.599387°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.914179° / W 1.589414°
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(D) With the Millennium Bridge behind you, turn right and walk along South Shore Road which becomes Hillgate, past the Sage Gateshead and St Mary's Heritage Centre which will be on your left. Walk underneath the Tyne Bridge.

(1) At the traffic lights, cross over and walk up Bottle Bank which runs alongside the Tyne Bridge, the Hilton Hotel will be on your right. At the top of the bank, walk underneath the railway bridge through the pedestrian tunnel. Cross Askew Road using the pedestrian crossing, and follow the path by the side of the Gateshead Highway in a southeasterly direction into Nelson Street.

(2) Nelson Street will turn right (southwest), continue to follow this road , the shopping centre will be on your left and then a grand building which was Lloyds Bank.

(3) Turn left, (southeast) into West Street and walk past the Sports Day sculpture on your right, the bus station. Cross the road at the top of West Street into High West Street, keeping on the same bearing. St Joseph's Catholic Church will be on your right, cross over Regent Terrace and continue on the same bearing. You will then pass Gateshead Coucil Offices, also on your right and the police station on your left.

(4) After the council office car park, turn right (southwest) into Arthur Street, then left into Prince Consort Road (B1426). After 1 km you will reach the Shipley Art Gallery, continue to the end of Prince Consort Road and at the junction with Durham Road, turn right (south). At the end of the school playground, turn right (southwest) into Edendale Terrace.

(5) At the end of the street, turn left (south) into Avenue Road. At the next junction, cross the road and and enter Saltwell Park. Take any path you wish through the park, but exit on the east side onto East Park Road.

(6) Turn right (south) and follow East Park Road into East Park Way, this will bend to the right. At the junction turn left (south) onto Saltwell Road South.

(7) Cross the roundabout by the Gold Medal pub. Continue along Hertford (southeast) until you see a footpath on your right between the houses, take this path, you will emerge onto Salcombe Gardens, bear left around the bend.

(8) Take the second path (The Angel Cycleway) to your left which crosses open grassland.

(9) Just before you reach Durham Road (A167), the cycle path will branch, take the right path which emerges onto Durham Road and continues parallel to the road until you reach the Angel of the North. (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 5m - Millennium Bridge, Gateshead Quayside
1 : km 0.52 - alt. 19m - Traffic Ligts at Junction of Hillgate
2 : km 0.92 - alt. 41m - Trinity Square Shopping Centre
3 : km 1.08 - alt. 47m - Junction of Nelson Street/West Street
4 : km 1.71 - alt. 66m - Junction of High West Street/Authur Street
5 : km 3.21 - alt. 75m - Saltwell View Entrance to Saltwell Park
6 : km 4.21 - alt. 75m - East Park Road Entrance to Saltwell Park
7 : km 6.27 - alt. 36m - Roundabout/Gold Medal Pub
8 : km 6.85 - alt. 28m - Salcombe Gardens/Start of Angel Cycleway
9 : km 7.74 - alt. 85m - Durham Road
A : km 8.13 - alt. 88m - Angel of the North

Useful Information

Transport: There are car parks an the Quayside and in Gateshead Town Centre details here and at the Angel of the North. The route passes Gateshead transport interchange, most buses and the metro stop here. If you are using public transport then I suggest you visit St Mary's Heritage Centre and the Sage before starting the walk in front of the Baltic. Bus 21 (Go North East) links Chester-le-Street, the Angel of the North, Gateshead Town Centre and Newcastle Eldon Square.

Facilities: There are toilets and cafes in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Sage Gateshead, there are also toilets in St Mary's Heritage Centre, Trinity Square Shopping Centre and the Transport Interchange. Refreshments can be taken in the many outlets in the town centre. There is also a cafe and toilets at Saltwell Park. There are no facilities at the Angel of the North.

Accessibility: The whole route is on paved surfaces, however there are some steep inclines, particularly from the Quayside to Gateshead town centre.

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

  • Tyne Bridge
  • River Wear/Millennium Bridge
  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - Get your art fix before you begin this walk. There is also a viewing platform here from where you get excellent views of the Sage Gateshead and Tyne Bridge.
  • Sage Gateshead - This music venue also has a cafe. If you wish to visit either the Sage or St Mary's Heritage Centre, take the path from just underneath the Tyne Bridge.
  • St Mary's Heritage Centre (find out about the history of Gateshead)
  • Shipley Art Gallery - This gallery specialises in craft and design, both historical and contemporary.
  • Saltwell Park - A fine example of a Victorian park with a lake at its centre. Don't forget to check outh Saltwell Towers (Gothic Mansion) which houses the tearoom and visitor centre.
  • Angel of the North

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