Walking trail

Gibside skyline walk

Walking trail

See Gibside from a new perspective as you rise out of the Derwent Valley surrounded by fantastic panoramic views.

Column to Liberty from the Skyline Walk, Gibside, Tyne & Wear


Map route for Gibside skyline walk


Marker post and wooden bridge on West Wood track, south of Stables, grid ref: NZ 17868 58773


Branch off the main West Wood forestry track and follow the Skyline path uphill through the woodland over three small log bridges and along a stretch of boardwalk.

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At the end of the boardwalk you reach a kissing gate. Go through the gate and walk straight ahead up the side of the field, keeping the fence and a ditch on your left. Take care as there may be animals grazing in this and other fields. Please keep dogs on a short lead around livestock.

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Exit the field through a kissing gate and emerge onto a track, cross to the other side of the track and straight in front of you there is another kissing gate to go through. One more gate will take you into a meadow - walk up a short, sharp bank to the top of the field and the fence line. These fields are all part of Cut Thorn Farm. The farm buildings themselves are out of view but are open to the public for Open Farm Weekend.

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When you reach the fence turn left and walk along the top of the field. You'll pass two stiles (do not cross these) and carry on until you reach a third stile with the waymarker pointing the way.

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Climb over this stile and emerge onto a quiet lane. Turn right and walk along the lane, go through a farm gate and carry straight on along the lane passing a hedge hiding a row of houses on your left and farm fields on your right.

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As the road bends to the right, in front of you there is a stile. Climb over this stile into another meadow and walk straight ahead, keeping beside a fence on your right. Carry on until you reach a stile at the far end of the field.

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Climb over the stile on your left to continue the Skyline Walk and return into Gibside's woodlands. Follow the path round to the left (Whickham Golf Course is on your right) and walk down some steps.


Carry on along a level path through a woodland corridor until you come to a gate in the wall. Go through this gate and follow the route downhill to re-join the forestry track in Snipes Dene.

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Well done, you have now completed the Skyline Walk! Turn left to head back to the Stables on the original entrance drive to Gibside or turn right to explore Snipes Dene and our riverside paths.


Head of Snipes Dene, grid ref: NZ 19052 58853

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Gibside skyline walk


Stone and gravel estate tracks, woodland paths and grassy farm fields, steep in places and muddy after rain. There are 3 stiles, 8 steps and 3 kissing gates. Follow the white and green waymarker signs along the skyline walk. Please note that the skyline walk takes you through farm fields which may have cows and horses. Dogs are welcome on short leads.

Gibside skyline walk

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Gibside skyline walk

How to get here

Marker post and wooden bridge on West Wood track, south of Stables, grid ref: NZ 17868 58773
By train

Blaydon 5 miles (8km); Metrocentre 5 miles (8km); Newcastle 8 miles (12.8km)

By road
Entrance on B6314 between Burnopfield and Rowlands Gill; follow brown signs from A1, taking exit on to A694 at north end of Metrocentre
Parking: free, 100 yards
By foot

½ mile from Rowlands Gill

By bus

Go North East 'The Red Kite' 45, 46, 47 from Newcastle (passing Newcastle railway station and Metrocentre), alight Rowlands Gill, 0.5 miles (0.8km)

By bicycle

0.5 miles (0.8km) from Derwent Walk (National Cycle Network Route 14). Skyline path can be reached via several routes, but quickest option is straight up the Avenue, past the Stables and Nature Playscape

Gibside skyline walk

Facilities and access

  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Three adventure play areas
  • Twenty accessible parking spaces
  • Wheelchair and buggy-friendly shuttle bus
  • Accessible toilets in market place and at Stables
  • Powered mobility vehicles and wheelchairs to borrow
  • Gibside Larder farm and gift shop
  • Potting Shed café and tea garden
  • Stables coffee shop with second-hand books