The River Tyne is in the North East of England and begins west of Hexham where the North and
South Tyne join to form the River Tyne. The South Tyne has its beginnings on Alston Moor,
The North Tyne begins at Kielder.
At the river mouth Tynemouth is on the North side and South Shields is on the South side.
Here the River Tyne flows into the North Sea.
The single flight escalators are 61 metres (200 feet) long. They were the longest single flight
in the world when the tunnel was opened.
The tunnel has listed building status.
It was the country's first purpose built cyclist and pedstrian tunnel, it is 275 metres
(900 feet) in length.
The Cyclist and Pedestrian Tunnel is a pleasant walk or cycle ride through, nice and cool on a
hot summers day!
The domed roof is at the top of the escalators, at the pedestrian tunnel on the Jarrow side. The cobbled road was the approach to the ferry landing. Traffic queued down here, the ferry became obsolete when the Tyne Tunnel was opened. Photograph taken in 2007
Songs about the River Tyne:
Fog on the Tyne by Lindisfarne
Big River by Jimmy Nail
Durham Town by Roger Whittaker
"when I was a boy I spent my time sitting on the banks of the River Tyne, watching all the
ships going down the line, they were leaving, leaving, leaving, leaving leaving, me"...