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  • 1st May 2024
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May’s walk of the month: True Lover’s Walk, Yarm

Start: Town Hall near the War Memorial
Distance: 1.8 miles/2.8 kilometres
33 minutes


Park at Yarm Wharf Long Stay Car Park, High Street, Yarm TS15 9AH


Looking for a serene stroll in Tees Valley? Well, whether you’re walking with your true love or just your favourite playlist, here’s a spot tucked away in one of Teesside’s prettiest places that’s perfect for you. True Lover’s Walk, with its apt name and intriguing history, might just be the escape you need. Running along the side of the River Tees, it offers beautiful views and a touch of mystery.

Nobody knows the identity of the true lovers who inspired the name, but the people see them as Yarm’s own Romeo and Juliet. The walk leads you to West Street and the Church of St Mary Magdalene, where you’ll find a tomb possibly dating back to the 14th century, with figures of a male and female carved into the floor. The mystery surrounding them adds to the walk’s romantic allure.

But before you start your walk, why not pop into one of the many coffee shops in Yarm to get your caffeine fix for your walk? Hobo Coffee House has such a cute vibe and has a small takeout hatch that you can walk up to on the high street. Also, make sure to check out Nossa and Strickland & Holt.

HLN TOP TIP: After all that mindfulness wandering, why not explore Yarm’s high street? There are plenty of foodie finds, drinking destinations and artisan shops waiting to be discovered.


True Lover’s Walk, Yarm


Starting Point: From the War Memorial, cross over the High Street using the crossing.

Northbound: Turn right, following the High Street northwards, and cross Bridge Street.

Enter True Lover’s Walk: Take the public footpath signposted ‘True Lovers Walk’.

Along the River: As you approach the river, turn left to keep it on your right.

Tarmac Path: Follow this path for about 800m until it veers left between houses.

Join West Street: Turn left and join West Street, then turn right.

Railway Viaduct: Follow West Street until it passes beneath the railway viaduct.

Small Park and Playground: Head straight ahead towards the small park and playground.

Back to Yarm: Take the path through the park, bear right at the junction, and follow it out onto Worsall Road. Turn left and head back to Yarm.

Return Path: Retrace your steps to the Town Hall, crossing the High Street again.

Central Street: Turn right then left into Central Street.

Riverside Path: As you reach the river, turn left and follow the riverside path back to the bridge.

Under the Bridge: Go under the bridge and turn left back onto ‘True Lovers Walk’.

Homeward Bound: Retrace your route back to the Town Hall.

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Rachael Nichol
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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…


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