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River Tyne from source to mouth


The River Tyne in North East England is formed by the confluence of the North Tyne and the South Tyne.

The northern part has its source close to the Scottish border near the village of Kielder.

The South Tyne rises in the hills of Alston Moor in Cumbria.
Not far away from this spot the rivers Tees and Wear also have their sources.

The North and South Tyne converge at Warden Rock near Hexham.

After passing Corbridge the Tyne enters the county of Tyne and Wear.

In the last part of the course the river divides the districts of Newcastle and Gateshead for about 20 km. Between South Shields and Tynemouth the river flows into the North Sea.

Farmer Jimmy Hall is proud to have the source of the North Tyne on his land between the village of Kielder in Northumberland and the Scottish border.

Without his help our reporters would never have found this tiny spot with water bubbling up from under the grass.

Mr. Hall is showing us a sign near the source with the text: 'Start of the North Tyne River and The Daft as a Brush Cancer Walk'.

He explains: "Daft as a Brush is an organization offering free transportation to cancer patients who are undergoing therapy cancer treatment. There will be a special walk from this source to collect money for the organization."

Connected to this Cancer Walk there are plans for the installation of a specal stone sculpture to mark the source of the North Tyne. Jimmy Hall doesn't have any idea yet about the consequences of this initiative. "Because they are going to build a small road to the stone there might be more public interest for visiting the source. The only thing I am afraid of is the growing presence of dogs threatening my sheep…"

Four months later the stone obelisk was lifted into place with the help of an RAF helicopter.
See the video below for a brief report of Sky News Tyne & Wear.

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Cancer Walk and Guide book 

In February 2016 the stone obelisk was inaugurated as the official start of the 'Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Walk’. 

Parallel to this event was the introduction of the guide book ‘River Tyne Trail: sources to the sea’. All the royalties on its sale will be paid directly to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

This book - excellent written by Peter Donaghy and John Laidler and pleasantly illustrated - follows the walk of some 135 miles along the rivers North and South Tyne. The trail is divided into twelve convenient stages, based on ease of access, with additional entry and exit points. 

The book - with a foreword of singer Sting, who was born and raised along the River Tyne - is available in the Daft as a Brush shop in Eldon Garden at £12.99 or via post. 

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Just around the corner of the source of the North Tyne lies the border with Scotland.

On its way to Kielder Water.

3J - Map Kielder Water

Kielder Water is the largest artificial lake by volume in the United Kingdom, holding 200 billion litres of water.

The North Tyne enters the lake from the north in the Bakethin Reservoir and continues as a river again after leaving Kielder Water via a large hydro electric plant (near 
the sign You Are Here on the map).

Kielder Water originally was designed to satisfy an expected rise in demand for water supporting the UK industrial economy. But this justification was soon undermined by the decline of the traditional heavy industry and an improving water management.

Despite the growing critical sounds the building of the lake and the dam started in 1975 with the loss of farms and a school. All together fifty people were forced to leave their homes.
After the official opening of the project in 1982 it took another two years to fill the valley with water completely.

Nowadays the benefits of electric power are subordinate to the recreational function of the lake. It is a mayor tourist attraction for people who want to relax along and on the water. Kielder Water & Forest Park offers a wide range of trails including forest walks for walkers en cyclists. The 26 mile Lakeside Way encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

Behind the dam the North Tyne flows further downstream.

8A- Sign South Tyne

From the village of Garrigill it takes a long and hilly walk to reach the source of the South Tyne in the Alston Moor.

Shortly after the source the South Tyne flows through an abandoned landscape with only sheep grazing along the stream. 

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Hadrian's Wall is named after the Roman emperor Hadrianus who built this fortification to separate the Romans from the Barbarians in the north. 

From sea to sea the famous wall can be followed on foot from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. 

10- Haydon Bridge

Haydon Bridge

The Boatside Inn in Warden is an excellent location for a good meal and the start of a walk to the confluence of the North and South Tyne at Warden Rock.

The confluence of the North and South Tyne at Warden Rock, also called 'The meeting of the Waters’.


14A- Prudhoe Riverside Country Park


Three important landmarks of Newcastle upon Tyne in one shot. The Tyne Bridge, built in 1828, is the symbol of the city and the white Millennium Bridge in the background is the first tilting bridge in the world that can pivot to allow ships to pass. Impossible to miss is the huge Sage Gateshead, a concert hall of billowing steel, glass and aluminum. 

The Tyne Bridge high above the buildings in Queen Street and Side.

15D- Big Mussel15F- Shopping

Newcastle upon Tyne has a lot to offer. The city is well-known for its shopping facilities and good restaurants. For lovers of mussels and other seafood a visit to the Big Mussel in Newcastle Quayside is highly recommended.

17 - The North Sea

The last part of the River Tyne, blending with the North Sea.

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