10km Newcastle Quayside Run

Newcastle Quayside. Credit: Karl Moran

10km Newcastle Quayside Run

A “there-and-back-again” 10km run along the quayside of Newcastle Gateshead. Because it is there-and-back-again, you can start at any point on the run and just follow it to each end then back to the start point to complete your 10km. You will take in views of the River Tyne, the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the BALTIC Centre, the Sage Gateshead, the Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge and the historic Dunston Staiths. This route is lit at night so suitable for day or night time.

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Route overview of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Route overview

Newcastle Quayside

Newcastle Quayside. Credit: Visit England

Start at any point on the Newcastle (North) side of the River Tyne between the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Ouseburn River inlet. Run East (river on your right) to the Ouseburn River inlet (green star below). Turn around and start running back the other way. Along this route, you will pass some of Newcastle’s most famous bridges.

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge is an engineering marvel for being the world’s first tilting bridge. Affectionately known as the “winking bridge”, it has become the symbol of Newcastle. The design was chosen by the public from many entries for the competition posted in an engineering magazine. An interesting feature of the bridge is its “self-cleaning” mechanism, where rubbish rolls down as it tilts to slots at the end of the bridge.

The Tyne Bridge, also synonymous with Newcastle was completed in 1928 and built of steel.

The High-Level Bridge was opened in 1849 and is a double-deck bridge. Both road and rail traffic is permitted to cross.

The Swing Bridge was constructed in 1876 and was quite a feat for the Victorian engineering era. It has a rotating section that allows ships to pass, which was relatively unheard of during the Victorian times.

The Redheugh Bridge was opened in 1983, after being reconstructed and expanded twice and is now made of concrete.

The King Edward VII Bridge was completed in 1906 as a rail bridge for both passenger and freight trains. This bridge still nods to Newcastle’s industrial past and it being known for its transportation.

Part 1 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along the North side of the river to Ouseburn River inlet

Part 1 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Run back along the Quayside and past the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Part 2 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside passed Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Part 2 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Keep running along the quayside.

Part 3 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside

Part 3 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Run under The Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge and the High Level Bridge.

Part 4 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside under the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, and High Level Bridge

Part 4 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Keep running along the quayside and run under the Queen Elizabeth Bridge.

Part 5 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside under Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

Part 5 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Keep running along the quayside and run under the Kind Edward VII Bridge and the Redheugh Bridge.

Part 6 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside under the Kind Edward VII Bridge and the Redheugh Bridge

Part 6 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Turn around underneath Redheugh Bridge and run back to Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Part 7 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside back to Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Part 7 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Cross over Millennium Bridge. Turn right and run up to the left of the naval base onto South Shore Road. Continue along the road past The Sage Gateshead up on your left.

The Sage Gateshead is now called the Glasshouse International Centre for Music. Here, you will find all sorts of live music shows, classes, workshops, and festivals.

Part 8 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km along Quayside back to Gateshead Millennium Bridge up South Shore Road

Part 8 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Follow signed cycle route with river on your right hand side.

Part 9 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km following cycle route signs

Part 9 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Continue along signed cycle route all the way to Dunston Staiths (picture below).​

Dunston Staithes Newcastle

Dunston Staithes Newcastle

At the far end of Dunston Staiths turn around and run back to Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Part 10 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km at Dunston Staiths

Part 10 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Part 11 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km at Dunston Staiths back to Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Part 11 of the Newcastle Quayside Run 10km

Cross back over Gateshead Millennium Bridge, turn right and run back to where you started.

Some of the highlights of this run include…

The River Tyne

The River Tyne. Credit: Visit England

Gateshead Centre

Gateshead Centre

Tyne Bridge

Tyne Bridge

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Resources:

If you enjoyed this route, see our 5km Quayside Run.

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Photo credits: Copyright Walk Run Cycle, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, Richard Kenworthy

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