We like to explore disused railway lines. We organise walks throughout North East England, for people of varying ages and abilities, usually on disused railways, although we also explore the high fells, rivers, the coastline etc. We are not a high-powered hiking club concerned mainly with clocking up the miles. We are more interested in finding what remains of our industrial heritage, in good company, ideally with a pleasant picnic stop for lunch. If this sounds like the sort of thing that interests you, we would be very pleased to hear from you

Please note that due to the coronavirus situation and HM Government Advice all walks and meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Creative Opportunities for NRWS members

If you are feeling fed up and bored in “lockdown” why not release your inner poetic or literary talents?

Heather, who edits our magazine Trackchat, has suggested that whilst our usual walks and social activities are suspended members might like to send her contributions for future publications.

It could be any written item which you think fellow members might enjoy and find stimulating—so get those ideas flowing.

Heather will collate all our musings so as to be ready with plenty of variety and sparkle for the next Trackchat (and, taking a pessimistic view, perhaps the one after that!)

Let’s just get busy with pen/paper and word processors to see what we can do.

Best wishes


NRWS party on their Kirkharle Walk, March 2020 - Photo by Bob Preston

NRWS party at the house on Ravensworth Terrace used in the TV Series, on their Newcastle Walk, February 2020 - Photo by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their Seaton Sluice Circular Walk, February 2020 - Photo by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their Howick Walk, January 2020 - Photo by Bob Preston

NRWS party at Royal Quays, on their Rising Sun Walk, January 2020 - Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their Druridge Bay Walk, New Years day 2020- Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their Morpeth Walk December 2019 - Photo supplied by Bob Preston

NRWS party on their Stannington Bridge Walk November 2019 - Photo supplied by Bill Godfrey

NRWS party members and friend enjoying the drizzle on their Ponteland Walk, October 2019 - Photo by Dave Turpin

Stalwart NRWS party members and friend braving the rain on the North Shields walk, September 2019 - Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

NRWS party at the Whalebone Arch, Whitby on their Whitby Holiday September 2019 - Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their Swarland Walk, September 2019 - Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

NRWS party on their short walk and pub lunch at Elsdon on a Saturday in August 2019 - Photo supplied by Dave Turpin

Anyone who has walked on a disused railway line will know that it is an amazing experience. It combines the delights of a country walk with the fascination of discovering relics from the rich railway heritage of the north east. Cuttings and embankments now provide ideal habitats for many species of flora and fauna, some now rare, while disused stations, tunnels and viaducts stand silent witness on the abandoned tracks which still thread their way through the impressive landscape.

Our society was formed in 1986 to encourage the preservation of these derelict railway lines in their original condition for a number of reasons. As an ecological corridor, a facility for recreation, Society walking and public access as appropriate. By joining us, you can help us. What can the Northumberland Railway Walks Society offer in return?

Our aims are:

· To discover, explore and document disused railway lines and waggonways in the northern region.

· To encourage interest in the walking and conservation of such lines.

· To work with landowners for access rights for the Society to lines at present in private ownership.

· To encourage the conservation of former trackbeds to suitable railpaths.

· To disseminate up-to-date information through Society newsletters

Join us now and enjoy walking the length and breadth of Northumbria. Help us to show the scope which abounds for railway heritage and demonstrate that a demand now exists this type of amenity. Come along, young or old, you will be made to feel more than welcome.

If you are enquiring about membership as a result of seeing this page, please let us know, so we can get some idea how successful it is.