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:

  • The walks are every Tuesday but the start time and the meeting point vary. If the walk starts at the Ouseburn Trust it is at 53/55 Lime Street (opposite Seven Stories). The endpoint is only given if distant from the meeting point.
  • Walks cost £4 per person apart from the free Eric Larkham Memorial Walk.
  • Places on walks are limited so please book your place on the calendar below or by calling 0191 261 6596 or emailing [email protected]

Tuesday 26 June 7pm Tales of the Riverbank

Join Mike Jeffries from Northumbria University to discover more about the current state of the Ouseburn river and some of the creatures that live in it. Meet at Ouseburn Trust.

Tuesday 3 July 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 the Q3 bus route) ends Ouseburn.

Tuesday 10 July 7pm Missions, a Chapel and a Church. 

Guided walk led by Mike Greatbatch including a visit to Saint Ann’s Church with tea/coffee. Meet at Ouseburn Trust, ends at Saint Ann’s Church.

Tuesday 17 July 7pm Watermen and Wherrymen, Ouseburn’s river workers

Join Mike Greatbatch for a tour revealing how river transport operated in the Ouseburn and nearby east Quayside. Meet at Ouseburn Trust. 

Tuesday 24 July 2pm The Drink Trade in Ouseburn

If you have a thirst for history join this walk led by Mike Greatbatch. Meet at Ouseburn Trust.

Tuesday 31 July 5.30pm What’s next for Ouseburn?

A look around future development sites and buildings with the Ouseburn Trust’s Planning & Development Group. Meet at Ouseburn Trust.

Tuesday 7 August 5.30pm Design of Ouseburn’s Iconic Buildings

How Newcastle’s creative quarter was put together - visit a selection of key buildings from the recent past with Dale Bolland  and local architect Tim  Bailey. Look round some of them with their architects (including The Malings, Toffee Factory and Media Exchange). Meet at Ouseburn Trust.

Tuesday 14 August 7pm Bridging the Ouseburn

A tour of the magnificent Ouseburn bridges and their history led by Sue Bright. Meet at The Tyne Bar, Maling St.

Tuesday 21 August 7pm Inside St Dominic’s Priory

See inside the church and its cloister garden and hear the story of this building and its community at Red Barns since 1873. Led by Father Colin Carr. Meet outside The Tanners Arms, New Bridge St.

Tuesday 28 August 7pm The Geology of Ouseburn Valley

Understand the ground beneath our feet and how it has changed – with Karl Egeland-Eriksen. Meet at Ouseburn Trust.

Self-guided walks

Meanwhile you can take your own A stroll around the Ouseburn with our self-guided leaflet

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.

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