We had started down the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. We trekked half-way across England, then north up England's Pennine backbone before heading back to the sea. We connected several trails, including half of Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast, half of the Pennine Way, and sections of connecting trails including Cleveland Way and St. Oswald's Way.
330 miles, mostly glorious miles, sometimes tough-sledding miles. Usually just my partner and me, sometimes with my brother or friends.
I called the walk a "Walk around Newcastle" because it explores countryside around Newcastle upon Tyne where I grew up. I wanted to experience and share the heritage of this rugged northern land.
I vowed I would return to complete the loop around my home town by walking between Bamburgh and Saltburn.
In 2011 I walked a 100-mile section from Jarrow on the River Tyne to Saltburn. The following map shows the 430 miles I've walked so far:
|Interactive map | Tracks (GPX)|