Landmarks In Gateshead And Areas Of Scenic Beauty

Despite its long history, you may ponder how Gateshead has had an effect on Britain in the past several centuries. Well a visit to the area will certainly help put matters straight.

William the Conqueror defeated Edgar the Ætheling and Malcolm king of Scotland on Low Fell and Sheriff Hill and Hadrian's Wall is but a car journey away up the A696.

They like things big up here. As well as the largest industrial park in the UK and largest retail park, the largest sculpture in England, made from steel and designed by Antony Gormley can be found on Low Fell which draws many a visitor in. Despite it being easily viewed from the motorway.

If you hear anybody talk of the Gateshead Flasher, then don't worry, they're referring to the art which dominates the North of England city's skyline. But don't listen to me, visit and see for yourself.

The Tanfield Railway at Sunniside is also one of longevity. It is the oldest working railway in the world. First built in 1775, today offers rides as well as an accompanying museum with over 60 steam engines and locomotives to view. If you fancy a picnic or simply wish to get closer to nature, take in the sights at Derwent Walk Country Park which also enables you to Red Kite Watch. The park can be found at Rowlands Gill. Another of scenic interest is Watergate Forest Park. A reclaimed colliery site with large lake and new woodland. Evidently there is more than one Angel of the North.

Also at Sunniside is the Birkheads Secret Garden and Nursery. There are three acres of perfectly assembled foliage to traipse around, with a tea garden and coffee shop to break up your visit.

Positioned amongst Blaydon-On-Tyne you will find the Path Head Water Mill. An 18th century working water mill which is perfect as a picnic area but also as an educational visit for children to get closer to old fashioned renewable energy sources and understanding the mechanisms involved. Complete with sensory garden and aquatics, it's a whole day of fun for the family.

Lastly, why not visit a local nature reserve at Gibside a Georgian era park with shrubbery, woodland and riverside walks with fantastic views across the Derwent valley. We say lastly but there are many more locations in Gateshead that offer great destinations and places to visit.