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The Way of Love – Bitesize Walk One

The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Hartlepool 

St Hilda, the Georgians and Naval Bombardment. 

Distance: 1-2 miles

Start: The Headland, Hartlepool      

Route: Circular walk around The Headland via Heugh Gun Battery and Town Walls

Finish: The Headland, Hartlepool

In a nutshell:

Time changes everything. First “Heruteu” then “Hertepol” and now “Hartlepool” the town’s story begins with the foundation of a 7th century monastery. Its second Abbess was St Hilda, a pioneer of the early church.  Honing her skills at Heruteu Hilda moved to Whitby where Caedmon, England’s first named poet, benefitted from her support and patronage.

Hartlepool’s Headland still has stretches of the medieval Town Wall whilst Georgian gentility survives in its town houses. Prominent 18th century Durham families would holiday here to “take the water”, socialise and gossip.

More poignantly, the Heugh Gun Battery witnessed the Bombardment of Hartlepool by the German Navy in December 1914. Private Theo Jones, Durham Light Infantry, became the first British soldier in World War One to be killed by enemy action on British soil.  

Why not visit: 

  • The Parish Church of St Hilda, Hartlepool Headland 
  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool           

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Jackson Dock
    Maritime Avenue
    Tees Valley
    TS24 0XZ


    +44 01429 860 077
  2. Contact Details:

    The Rectory
    Church Close
    Tees Valley
    TS24 0PW
  3. Contact Details:

    TS24 0PW
  4. Contact Details:

    Moor Terrace
    Tees Valley
    TS24 0PS


    +44 01429 270746

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool (54.68905,-1.2022)St Hilda's Church Visitor Centre (54.69589,-1.18039)1.44
St Hilda's Church Visitor Centre (54.69589,-1.18039)Hartlepool Headland (54.69588,-1.1804)0
Hartlepool Headland (54.69588,-1.1804)Heugh Gun Battery Museum (54.69667,-1.21176)1.82
Total Distance *3.26 miles
Estimated Journey Time6 minutes

* Approximate distance by road