Gosforth to Wallsend
55.010891, -1.637410 to 54.983801, -1.531164
Gosforth & Kenton Waggonway
30 May 2022
4 Jun 2022
Description (or HER record listing)
Gosforth and Kenton Wagonway, marked "disused" on the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey Map, where it is named Coxlodge Wagonway. Also known as the Kenton & Coxlodge Wagonway. Its southern end was at Coxlodge Staith (HER ref. 2092). From NZ 3165 6507 a branch (HER ref. 2090) ran to the northern staith (HER ref. 2091). The earliest section opened in 1808, the latest in 1813. From Gosforth Engine it followed the line of an earlier line, dating from c.1672 to c.1766. It is notable for the early use of iron rails, with locomotives using rack & pinion traction. There is also an early inclined plane at Haddricks Mill. Its westernmost section to Scotswood may have been the world's first underground railway, called Kitty's Drift from Kenton Colliery, running 3 miles to the Tyne. In the 1890's this line was partly reused as part of the Fawdon Railway (HER ref. 1078).
Walked 29/05/22. Around 1/3 of the route is now inaccessible, mostly through Wallsend and Benton due to now being a golf club. Much of the route has been preserved as a bridleway, allowing for gentle walks with smooth gradients. The route felt safe through Benton to Gosforth, though it must be noted I walked in the very early morning and there are various underpasses that have to be walked through. The section from Haddricks Mill Bridge, Gosforth to Kenton involves walking across various roads and little trace can be seen by the end.
Northernmost section of the Coxlodge Waggonway from the 25 inch Ordnance Survey of 1897
Coxlodge Waggonway through Benton, 2022. Much of the central part of this route is asphalt, which allows for a smooth walk on level gradients.
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The route of the waggonway on what is now Benton Way, Wallsend. The railway continued through the underpass through the Tyne. This section is unrecognisable and much of the route cannot be walked thanks to the golf club.
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