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.

1-Source1A- Source Jimmy Hall1AB- Source close1B- Sign source

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…"

1D- Border Scotland Northumberland

2- First mile

The first part of the North Tyne flows close to the border between Scotland and Northumberland

3- Near Kielder Village

On its way to Kielder Water

3D- 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.

3H- Text + drawing3E- Kielder Water filter house3F- Kielder Water outlet

In a concrete island the water of the lake is filtered before entering a pipeline in the dam. After generating electricity the unpolluted water is returned to the river.

Behind the dam the North Tyne flows further downstream 

8A- Sign South Tyne6- Source from far

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

7- First mile

Shortly after the source the South Tyne flows through a complete abandoned landscape with only a few sheep grazing along the stream

9- To Meeting of Waters

Between the source and Alston

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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. 


The location of Hadrian's Wall Camping, less than half a mile from the wall near Haltwhistle, makes it a popular stopover for walkers. 

The report: 'The package adventure of Hadrian's Wall Camping'

10- Haydon Bridge

Haydon Bridge

11- Boatside Inn

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

12- Meeting of Waters

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

13- Corbridge


14A- Prudhoe Riverside Country Park15A- Bridges Newcastle


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. 

15C- Under the bridge

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

15D- Big Mussel15F- Shopping16A- To the mouth16B- To the mouth17 - The North Sea

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.

The last part of the River Tyne 

Blending with the North Sea

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