Outside my office on Orchard Street lies part of Newcastle’s fourteenth century town wall, standing old and proud.
Heading high up above the quayside runs a network of almost forgotten pathways.
Keep following the paths, up and down, in a roughly north easterly direction. You can see glimpses of the river down below, and the Tyne’s many bridges up ahead of you.
Pausing to look left, you can see the twelth century ‘new’ castle which gives the city its name. Turn back to the north and continue following the path, and head down the Castle Stairs, one of the city’s remaining medieval chares.
A short walk from the bottom of the stairs is Armstrong’s Swing Bridge, which we will cross over into Gateshead. Here the view is looking back towards the Newcastle side.
Continuing in a north-easterly direction on the Gateshead side of the Tyne, we soon see The Sage perching high up on our right.
Facing away from The Sage, we see the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which, like the Swing Bridge we crossed earlier can also move to out of the way of passing ships, but does so by tilting the entire bridge, rather than swinging.
Alongside the Millennium Bridge sits the BALTIC, a former flour mill which is now gallery for contemporary art.
Crossing the river here, back to the Newcastle side, we look back up the river, to the Tyne Bridge (here seen advertising the upcoming Great North Run.)
Back on the Newcastle side we climb the stairs next to the Law Courts, and follow Pilgrim Street back towards the centre of the city.
Beneath the modernity of the Swan House roundabout hides the Holy Jesus Hospital, now used by the National Trust.
Following Mosely Street back towards our starting direction we pause to look north up the sweeping curve of Grey Street.
Further down the road lies St Nicholas’s Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Newcastle.
Turning down Saint Nicholas’ Street, we pass The Black Gate of the Castle, and back towards the office.