The path starts by the Swan Hunter shipyard, famous for building such illustrious ships as the RMS Mauretania and RMS Carpathia, as well as the naval ships HMS Ark Royal and HMS Invincible.
Before starting the walk some walkers choose to visiting the nearby site of the Roman fort of Segedunum as it offers some historical context for what they are about to undertake.
Most of this section runs through urban areas, including through the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, where the recently redeveloped Quayside area has an almost continental feel with many cafes and bars. There are also spectacular views of the 6 bridges over the Tyne with the most renowned being the iconic Tyne Bridge itself.
From the Quayside the walk progresses along the banks of the Tyne to the western end of the city. It then passes through Newburn, home of the Hadrian and Border Brewery where Andy and Shona Burrows brew, amongst many excellent ales, the incomparable Tyneside Blonde.