The North Tyne
I know that, for many (especially those who have never been further north than Watford Gap!), mention of the River Tyne conjures up images of coal barges, shipbuilding and heavy industry and, although much of that is gone now, it is still a busy commercial river (see 'extra' photo) but you don't have to travel far up the river to see its true beauty. The North Tyne rises on the Scottish Border, near Kielder water, and flows to join the South Tyne, which rises on Alston Moor in Cumbria, at Hexham before flowing down through Tyneside past Wylam, Blaydon, under the bridges at Newcastle/Gateshead then on to Wallsend, North and South Shields and, finally, down to the sea at Tynemouth. This is the North Tyne, taken at Chollerford.