Wylam is famous for its railway pioneers, including William Hedley, Timothy Hackworth and Jonathan Forster. Learn why their work was so significant in the early development of railways.
As you walk in the footsteps of these famous local railwaymen, your guide will also share stories of three important railway lines: the old waggonway that enabled coal to be transported from Wylam to the staithes further down the River Tyne, the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway, on which Wylam station is one of the oldest stations in the world to be still in use, and the former North Wylam line which closed in 1968.
The first part of the walk is from 10.30am to 11.30am. On your return to the car park, you will be met by our second guide who will take you Wylam Railway Museum followed by a walk to George Stephenson's Birthplace. Here you will discover how Wylam's most famous son spent his early life and was inspired to become a world-famous railway engineer.
Walks will take place on: Sunday 25 February 2024 Monday 18 March 2024 Sunday 14 April 2024 Monday 20 May 2024 Sunday 23 June 2024 Monday 22 July 2024 Sunday 18 August 2024 Monday 23 September 2024 Sunday 27 October 2024
Tickets will be released approximately four weeks before the event.
|10:30 - 12:30
- Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Children go free
- Meeting point
Meet at the car park in Wylam at 10.30am. Main Road, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8AB.
- What to bring and wear
Please bring evidence of your booking. This is a moderate walk with varied terrain and some worn steps. Please wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather.
Please note that the length of the tour may vary slightly. Toilets are available at the Railway Museum. Dogs on leads are welcome on the walk and in the Railway museum but are not allowed inside George Stephenson's Birthplace. Please also note the walk crosses a field which does not allow dogs - an alternative route can be taken, after which you can re-join the group. The walk is approximately 2 to 3 miles with frequent stops and starts.