The Tyne's industrial heritage; NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE AND THE OUSEBURN VALLEY: 3 MILES.
WITH so many landmark buildings and historic locations on central Tyneside it is easy to overlook the range of interesting settings along the Ouseburn Valley.
Starting from Baltic Square next to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art we cross the amazing Gateshead Millennium Bridge and turn right to pass the Pitcher and Piano bar.
There are striking examples of the "Art on the Riverside" scheme in the shape of the Swirle Pavilion and the Blacksmith's Needle as we continue along the riverside to pass offices and residential properties at Mariner's Wharf.
We catch sight of decorative features in the former Ouseburn School building away to our left as we reach the confluence of the rivers Tyne and Ouseburn.
An information board - "Mouth of the Ouseburn" - gives details of this area's fascinating industrial heritage and we now turn left beside the river to pass the Tyne Bar, on our right.
Another board gives details of the Ouseburn Barrage (opened September 3, 2009) and as we follow the riverside path construction of The Mailings (72 flats and two commercial units) covers a former ice factory site.
There are several more information boards beside the walkway with details of former industries and another describing the former Procter's Warehouse (now Seven Stories - a Centre for Children's Books.) After crossing a footbridge the Ouseburn Farm is on our right and we then pass The Cluny (on our left) with The Ship Inn on the opposite side. A seating area has a plaque with details of Mill House which stood on the site between 1838 and 1935.
Continuing up the sloping roadway we reach Lime Street and turn left to pass Seven Stories on the left with fine views of the Ouseburn area below on our left. We walk ahead to the junction and cross onto Ouse Street with the entrance to the Victoria Tunnel on our right hand side.
At the junction with City Road we turn right to pass the Hotel de Vin on the right and as we continue up the slope the Church of St Ann is prominent on our right.
We soon cross Tyne Street and after passing the Premier Inn on our right we reach crossroads.
At this point we turn left and pass the frontage of St. Ann's Quay as we head down the slope to take a closer look at the Swirle Pavillion, where interior panels show the destinations of ships sailing from the Tyne during its industrial heyday.
Bearing to the right along Quayside we soon pass Quayside House and Malmaison Hotel before recrossing the Millenium Bridge to reach our starting point at the Baltic Square.
Fact file LOCATION: Baltic Square is on the upstream side of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art START: Baltic Square MAP: Central Tyneside (available from tourist outlets) DISTANCE : Three miles GOING: Firm tarmac surfaces. Gentle/moderate gradients. Care needed crossing public roads REFRESHMENTS: Choice of venues along the route DOGS: Under proper control WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Accessible (though some gradients may prove troublesome) Sunday walks STOCKTON RAMBLING CLUB: Aisgill Moor Cottages to Kirkby Stephen, www.stockton-rambling-club.org.uk CLEVELAND GROUP OF RAMBLERS: Lythe (opposite The Stiddy), 2pm MIDDLESBROUGH AND DISTRICT RAMBLING CLUB: Great Ayton, www.middlesbroughramblers.co.uk MAKE FRIENDS WALKING CLUB: Helmsley - meet at monument in Square (postcode YO62), Ann 01642 316562 or Liz 07739 777399
The Millennium bridge, with the Baltic Centre for Comtemporary Art in the background. Below - the Blacksmith's Needle on the Quayside at Newcastle Bottom - an information board at Ouseburn, telling of the glassworks that stood on the site
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||May 16, 2014|
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