Discover secret corners and unknown stories, go inside, up the steps and round the back... Explore the history, environment and future developments of the Ouseburn Valley with local experts and enthusiasts.

Our 2019 Summer Walks programme is starting soon - please book on the calendar below
  • Tuesday 4 June at 7pm Brewing in Ouseburn There’s been an explosion of micro-breweries! Join Martin Ellis from Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA to find out what they are doing and making in Ouseburn. Meet at Tyne Bank Brewery (375 Walker Road on Q3 bus route) ends Ouseburn (may finish 9.30pm). *SOLD OUT*
  • Tuesday 11 June 7pm Lizzie’s Life and Death in the Lead Works Lynne Mountford will take us on a journey following the life of Ouseburn resident and worker Lizzie Dowson, highlighting the working conditions for women lead workers in the 19th century. Meet Ouseburn Trust.
  • Tuesday 18 June 6pm Walking the Ouseburn Andrew Buckley will lead a longer walk from Gosforth through Jesmond Dene, Armstrong Park and Heaton Park, laid out as private pleasure gardens in the mid nineteenth century, ending with the industrial landscape of the Lower Ouseburn valley. Starts South Gosforth Metro, ends Quayside (may finish 8pm).
  • Tuesday 25 June 7pm The Drink Trade in Ouseburn Mike Greatbatch will be exploring another aspect of pubs and drinking. This is a free walk in honour of Eric Larkham, Ouseburn enthusiast with a thirst for local heritage. Starts Ouseburn Trust. *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Tuesday 2 July 7pm The Route of the Roman Wall Follow the line of Hadrian’s Wall with Lesley Turner and look at past and present projects to find evidence of its location in the valley. Meets Byker Metro station, ends New Bridge Street.
  • Tuesday 9 July  5.30pm On Fiascos, Factories and Farmland A lively and topical tour of South West Byker/East Ouseburn to explore landscapes, trees, businesses, architecture, design, political legacies and economic regeneration. Led by resident Andy McDermott. Meet Testhouse 5, Albion Row, ends Byker Metro.
  • Tuesday 16 July 7pm What makes successful Ouseburn Buildings? Tina Gough and Colin Haylock will highlight the best of Ouseburn’s, historic, adapted and new buildings with reflections on what will help shape successful future buildings in the Valley. Starts Ouseburn Trust.
  • Tuesday 23 July 7pm A Chartist Life - William Parker of Lime Street. Join Mike Greatbatch to learn about the industries and politics of the Ouseburn in the years 1838-42. Starts Ouseburn Trust.
  • Tuesday 30 July 7pm Malings Pottery Reborn Take a walk with Charlie Hoult from the Brinkburn St Brewery Bar & Kitchen to the largest pottery in the world in the 1870s. The Malings Ford B Pottery was purchased by the Hoult family in 1948 and closed for manufacture in 1963. The Hoult family have renovated the site to create office spaces occupied by commercial creative sector businesses, many in the film and media sector. Meet outside the Brinkburn St Brewery on Ford Street, ends at Hoults Yard (may finish 9pm).
  • Tuesday 6 August 6pm What’s next for the Ouseburn? A look around future development sites and buildings with the Ouseburn Trust’s Planning & Development Group. Starts Ouseburn Trust

Walks are priced at £4 per person except for the Eric Larkham Memorial Walk which is free. The majority of walks start at 7pm and last around 1.5 hours, unless stated. Please book your place on the calendar below:

Back to the Future

Every Saturday morning we offer a guided tour to discover the history of the Ouseburn Valley, its more recent regeneration story and what the future holds for it, all in 90 minutes!  Find out more and book a place here

We can also arrange this as a private walk for groups at other times.

Self-guided walks

Meanwhile you can take your own A stroll around the Ouseburn with our self-guided leaflet (there's a video of this walk that you can watch here although it is now a little out-of-date)

Or follow the overland route of the Victoria Tunnel with walks geared to its original use to transport coal, and its re-use as a World War Two air raid shelter:

For families there are some walks particularly suitable for children:

Guided walks

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.

Let us know the theme and dates you would like.

If you enjoy heritage guided walks take a look at the wonderful programme offered by our friends the Newcastle City Guides