A short, woodland walk at Milkhope on the Blagdon Estate.
Upmarket shops and a cafe. combined with a short walk in the woods.
How to get there
Postcode for Satnav - NE13 6DA
From Newcastle, turn off the A1 on the Tyne tunnel road, the A19, turn first left at the roundabout just over the A1, cross back over the A1 on a bridge, then after about 1000 yards turn left for Ponteland. Milkhope is the first turnoff on your right.
Coming from the north, turn off the A1 at the Shotton interchange, on the B1318 and follow that road until you see the right hand turn for Ponteland, just past the 'White Bull' gates.
The best place to park with dogs is in the woods on the eastern side of the shopping place.
Click here to see a routemap of the walk. It will open in a new tab.
Assuming you park in the woods, take the trackway path through the woods that leads away from the shopping centre, until you reach a gate into a field. Turn left just before the gate and follow the narrow path through the woods by the fence. At the end of this path, turn left again onto a tarmac path, turn left at the top, and follow the road back to the shopping centre.
Just before you reach the first shop, there is a small area of woodland on your right with paths through it if you wish to extend your walk.
Milkhope Farm was built around 1865 and is part of the Blagdon Estate. Back in the days, the owners used to run a popular cattle sale from this farm just before Christmas. You might see some of the remains of the stone sale ring, opposite the coffee shop.
Originally built as a model farm, the buildings became outdated for modern farming, and so were converted to the retail units that you see today.