If you're looking for walks near Newcastle city centre, Ouseburn is an area which is just a stone's throw away and is interwoven with an intriguing blend of heritage, regeneration and culture.

There are so many things to do in Ouseburn, so you won't fall of places to eat or ways to entertain the kids

Guided walks 

Looking for a Newcastle walking tour? We've got you covered with our programme of guided walks which offer a truly unique experience, exploring Newcastle's most diverse area.  

Back to the Future: A guided walk of Ouseburn Valley 

Photo of Back to the Future walk participants in front of Ouseburn graffiti

Ouseburn was the heart of Newcastle's industrial revolution. Today, it's the epicentre of physical and cultural regeneration. This walk explores the delicate balance of maintaining history whilst progressing into the future.

Our Saturday morning guided walk around Ouseburn is great for locals and visitors alike. Our volunteer tour guides lead small groups of participants around some of the Valley's key heritage and regeneration sites.

Tickets cost just £5 per person. This walk is most suitable for people aged 10+. 

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Where else can you find such an eclectic mix of past, present and future in one place? Eco-friendly homes, listed buildings, traditional pubs, bars, cafes, breweries, artisits' studios, galleries, officers, the National Centre for Children's Books, music venues, stables, a tunnel, a UNESCO world heritage site and even a farm, all sitting side by side in harmony.

Quote from David Carr, a Volunteer Tour Guide and local resident

The Ouseburn Trust Summer Programme

Since 2004, we've delivered a programme of summer walks to explore Ouseburn's heritage and regeneration. We benefit from long days in the summertime and our walks happen in the early evening. This allows people who may typically be tied up at work to join us for a casual yet engaging experience. 

We've suspended our 2020 summer programme during the coronavirus pandemic. You can download our 2019 Summer Walks Programme leaflet for more information. 

Private group tours

We can also arrange guided walks for groups on specific themes - these are £50 for a 60-90 minute tour for up to 20 people

Ouseburn Heritage - Mike Greatbatch leads a tour illustrating Ouseburn's industrial story and the lives of the people who worked and lived in the Valley from the 17th to the 20th centuries, this can include specific interests by arrangement.

Ouseburn’s Regeneration story – Dale Bolland shows how Ouseburn has changed from 1980s to the development of mixed-use, slow-burn bottom-up regeneration of the valley over the past 30 years - and where it might go next.

Heritage-themed Regeneration in Ouseburn  - Mike Greatbatch explains how the promotion and enhancement of the Ouseburn heritage and community history helped to change perceptions of the area and establish Ouseburn as a visitor destination and heritage hot spot.

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Self-guided walks

Sometimes, there's nothing better than heading out of your own mission. Here are some prompts to help you identify a walk in Ouseburn where you can follow along heritage routes or learn about local natural history. 

Great Ouseburn walks for kids