The Angel's Way : Seaton Sluice to Chester-le-Street

Follow the "The Christian crossroads of the British Isles" from Seaton Sluice to Chester-le-Street and explore the heritage along the way. This route can be divided into sections in regard to your physical abilities.

Technical sheet
No. 18771547
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 25/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 25/01/22
Author's time Author's time : 3 days
Distance Distance : 55.9km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 426m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 404m
Highest point Highest point : 149m
Lowest point Lowest point : 4m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 55.086522° / W 1.480058°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.914179° / W 1.589414°

Step by step walk

This walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Angel's Way Short Walk Seaton Sluice to Holywell

This path is part of the Angel's Way, one of the Northern Saints' pilgrimage routes which starts in Seaton Sluice and end in Chester-le-Street. This section passes Seaton Delaval Hall, the Church of Our Lady, and the Holywell which gives the village its name.

Angel's Way Short Walk - Holywell to Backworth

This is the section of the Angel's Way one of the Northern Saints' pilgrimage routes which starts in Holywell and ends in Backworth. This section is rural passing through agricultural land.

This can be combined with the previous section (Seaton Sluice to Holywell) or the next section (Backworth to Killingworth) for a longer walk.

Angel's Way Short Walk - Backworth to Killingworth

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.

Angel's Way Short Walk - Killingworth to Gosforth

This urban section of the Angel's Way is broken up with a walk around Gosforth Golf Course and optionally the Gosforth Nature Reserve, finishing at the Brandling Villa.

Angel's Way Short Walk - Gosforth to Newcastle (Haymarket)

This walk mixes the urban landscapes of Newcastle with the beautiful Jesmond Dene. Visit a ruined chapel, holy well and city centre museum to finish the walk.

Angel's Way Short Walk - Jesmond to the Quayside

This section of the Angel's Way explores Newcastle City Centre and Quayside. It starts in the suburb of Jesmond, takes in Exhibition Park, shopping areas, the magnificent Grainger Town and three key churches of St Thomas, St Mary and St Nicholas, Newcastle Castle and Keep before dropping down an ancient street, Side, to the Quayside finishing at the Millennium Bridge.

Angel's Way Short Walk: Angel of the North to Beamish

This rural stretch of the Angel's Way begins at the Angel of the North and after passing under the A1 follows a paths across farmland and through woodland passing a number of villages on the way to Beamish. On there way, there are views of the area where once coalmines could be seen including those of Kibblesworth and Bewicke Main.

Angel's Way Short Walk: Beamish to Chester-Le-Street

This final stretch of the walk starts at Beamish and follows cycle paths through countryside and villages into Chester-le-Street town centre alongside Chester Burn, finishing at St Mary and St Cuthbert;s Church one of the many churches on the pilgrim walking route.

Angel's Way Short Walk (to finish) Baltic to the Angel

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.

Useful Information

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

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