Tyne Riverside Country Park
This page contains information about visiting Tyne Riverside Country Park
Tyne Riverside Park Centre is located at Low
Prudhoe on the banks of the river Tyne near Prudhoe railway
station. The Park Centre provides public toilets and from 30
July 2012 a cafe will be operating daily between 10am and
4.30pm. The cafe is being provided by North Country Leisure
who are also running a summer programme of activities from the
park. Further information can be found on the
North Country Leisure web page.
Other facilities at Low Prudhoe include picnic
benches, a young children’s play area and canoe launch area.
The Country Park is a short walk from Wylam
and Prudhoe train stations and Tyne Valley bus routes.
The Country Park follows the River Tyne for
four miles through 200 acres of meadows, chalk grassland, woodland
and river bank all within easy reach of the urban areas of
Northumberland and a short distance from Newcastle and
You can explore the Park on foot or bicycle
along Hadrian’s Cycleway or Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, or
by following one of the many other paths and trails through the
Park. Alternatively you can take part in other activities
including fishing, horse riding, canoeing, orienteering, wildlife
watching and exploring the remains of our industrial
heritage. Or perhaps you’d prefer to relax
by the river and enjoy the view!
Information for dog owners
The park is a great place for walking dogs but
dog walkers are encouraged to keep dogs under control and to be
considerate towards other park users by clearing away dog faeces
into the bins provided. If walking dogs near the park
boundary or on the rights of way outside the park, extra care
should be taken to keep dogs under close control to avoid worrying
To find out how to
get there by public transport view bus company information
Cyclists and horse riders
Hadrian’s Cycleway runs the length of the park
from Low Prudhoe to Newburn, on well constructed tracks and
paths. Always give way to visitors on foot and warn of your
The Spetchells are chalk waste heaps from a
chemical factory that operated on a nearby site until the mid
1960s. The name comes from old maps that refer to this area
of land as the ‘spetchells’.
Although the heaps are not natural, they now
provide Northumberland's largest area of chalk grassland
habitat. The wide range of flowers attract many species of
common and occasionally rare butterflies.
Hagg bank bridge
Hagg Bank Bridge near Wylam, was built in 1876
and cost £16,000. It was the first railway bridge to cross
the Tyne in a single span, with a deck that was supported by a
wrought iron arch. The bridge allowed trains to cross the
river from North Wylam Station and join the Newcastle to Carlisle line at the West Wylam
The last train crossed the bridge in
1968. Hagg Bank Bridge is now part of the country park and
was restored to its original colours in 1997 with financial help
from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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The fishing rights along this stretch of the
river are private. Further details can be obtained form the
Northumbrian Anglers' Federation.
- Swimming in the river is not advisable as the
water is cold and the flow can change rapidly.
- Always wear British Standard buoyancy aids or
life jackets when boating.
- Note the location of the life belt before
going on the water.
- Keep away from the river when it is in
For further details:
Contact: County Hall: 0845 600 6400
Country park parking permit
You can purchase an annual parking permit to park your car
at the Council's country parks without needing purchase a daily
ticket. For more information on country park parking permits
Other country parks in the area