An amazing walk near me in Newcastle upon Tyne
Myself and my dogs are super lucky that we get to out at great locations for fun adventures every day. But come the weekend I am often looking for somewhere new and different to visit. Luckily there are still loads of places to go and explore.
I’ve come across Thrunton Woods in various Facebook groups and have wanted to visit for a while. It’s about a 45 minute journey from my house in Newcastle, and I found searching google maps for ‘Thrunton Woods Car Park’ the best as otherwise it seemed to drop me in the middle of the woods! This took us right to the car park and the beginning of the green and red trail.
When we arrive I see that the car park isn’t very big and it’s a popular spot with walkers and mountain bikers. Still there is enough space to find a spot and get the dogs out. I love this bit! When they realise they are somewhere new both dogs instantly start sniffing the air in every direction and their tails do the helicopter!
We check the map. There are two routes mapped out, a shorter green route and a longer red route. We are here for an adventure so we chose red. They initially start of together but then the red splits off onto a really exciting path, with tree canopies and rocky terrain. The dogs love it and we feel like we had been transported into a woodland wonderland, somewhere far away. We loved how much it really feels like an adventure, where will it take us? We don't care, we are loving the journey. The dogs are in and out of the bushes, tails and noses going, jumping at us with excitment.
We continue on the path, there’s some much easier terrain as the path levels out. We wonder what was here before and the dogs love exploring the dense woodlands to our right, and rocky, heather filled slopes to our left. There are lovely views of the tree covered hills ahead. We continue on and the path does get a little more challenging. It is a little rocky, and tree roots make it quite uneven. We also can feel that although it slopes up and down, ultimately we are climbing upwards.For this reason I do suggest a decent pair of walking boots is a good idea for this walk - nothing worse than aching feet!
We are thoroughly enjoying our walk at this point, and then we see it. The epic climb! I couldn't say how long it is, or how high, but it's definitely bigger than I am used to! And certainly feels very steep. The dogs take it in their stride, running backwards and forwards. I walk alot, but this is a challenge and I take a couple of breaks. The dogs come back to check I am ok, I am! After a few minutes we reach the top. There's an amazing view through the trees when we get there.
The rest of the walk feels pretty easy after that! We continue on. There's a short cut back to the car park if we carry straight down, but we have followed the red route so far so we decide to finish it and reach the car park around 3 hours after we began. I check my walk tracker, we've done 9.5km! Pretty good going for a Sunday morning.
We head home where everyone has lovely naps to recover from an amazing adventure.
Good to know! - There's no facilities in or (very)near Thrunton Woods. Terrian can be a little uneven, walking boots recommended. Take a sugary snack to help you up that hill. I'd also recommend a reasonable level of fitness due to some uneven terrain and a bit of a climb and distance if you choose the red route.