“Diamond shaped markers guide walkers following the Local Heroes Plaques.
20 Plaques, each about 80 metres apart, take walkers from the Millennium Bridge to the Swing Bridge and over to the other side of the river in an oval walk. This spectacular route has been named ‘The Great North Way’ and follows much of the route of the Junior Great North Run.
The Great North Way, the first official UK Great Way, covers a distance of exactly 1 mile (1609.344 m) around the scenic NewcastleGateshead Quayside. A series of bronze plaques are set into the pavement making use of the current Great North Way route which goes from Baltic Square to the Swing Bridge, across the river and back along the River Tyne to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Local Heroes is a Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ style trail around NewcastleGateshead’s iconic Quayside. The trail honours individuals, either from or with strong links to the area that have made a significant contribution to NewcastleGateshead or the wider world over the past 60 years.
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