remainder of the route into South Shields follows roads - some of which
can be very busy.
The route uses a very varied mixture of Road / Cycle Lanes / Segregated
Cycle paths and
Shared use Paths sometimes changing mode quite frequently within a short
cycle route mode on opposite sides of the road can be completly different
over at roundabout - passing Dougie's Tavern
(R) and left at next Rbt.
right for Jarrow Town Centre and shops.
road around to right towards a building with a large inverted cone on
top (Tyne Road Tunnel ventilation chimney) to T-jcn.
- if you are going on to Tynemouth recommend you cross the river here
as the final section of
NCN 14 is not very interesting or attractive, is difficult to follow,
roads are very busy and not signed !!
Cross river link to Hadrian's Cycleway NCN 72 via Tyne Cycle Tunnel
(links to Hadrian's Cycleway website which will open in a new window)
Turn left into Commercial Road and left again - cross brick paved area
and use cycle ramp to descend to tunnel entrance.
Click here for information about Cycle Tunnel.
Click here for sketch map of cycle links to Cycle Tunnel on both sides of the River Tyne
Up river to Newcastle
Down river to Tynemouth
South Entrance Rotunda
South side escalators
Continue to South Shields
As the road bears right and at end the of on-road cycle lane
you can either:-
left and follow route via River Don or keep straight ahead on road via
entrance to Bede's World.
River Don - turn left passing behind oil storage depot to end
of lane - through bollards and downhill. Bear right and join road passing
car parking - following line of electricity pylons - to end of road
at Jarrow Bridge(L) - join off road track through trees, ignoring steps, bear right up ramp and sharp left at road and over Church Bank Bridge.
Bede's World - continue ahead and turn left at T-jcn - passing
oil stoarge depot (L), rail sidings (R) - continue passed entrance to
Bede's World (L) and down hill over Church Bank Bridge
World a museum of Saxon life and and the Life of the Venerable Bede
with reconstructions of Saxon houses, farms and halls
Jarrow Hall and St Pauls Monastry are close by - see links below.
routes rejoin at the Church Bank Bridge over the River Don.
Continue on NCN 14 to Shields Ferry
Back up river to Gateshead and Blaydon
Jarrow Bridge 1389
St. Pauls Monsatry
St. Pauls Church
stone bridge built in 1389 across the River Don
- part of the medieval road to St. Peters (sister
church of St. Pauls) in Monkwearmouth,
Pauls Monastry and Church
church has been used as a place of worship for over 1300 years.
Inside you can view the foundations of the large Saxon church of the monastery founded in AD681 by Benedict Biscop. There
are also fine examples of Saxon stone carvings created by the monks to celebrate the glory of God. In the chancel, look at
the three round-headed windows - the monks made the glass here during
the 7th century. The church, which has a well stocked shop, is open
to visitors during daylight hours, except
during church services.
World and Jarrow
extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede created a rich legacy that
is celebrated today at Bedes World. Bede lived and worked
here 1300 years ago. Bedes World includes a museum housing
a major exhibition that transports visitors through the makings
of Bedes Northumbria. There is a restaurant in the old Jarrow
Hall, next to a recreated Anglo Saxon Farm with many rare breeds
of animals and a full-size early Northumbrian timber hall. For further
information on opening times and admission costs, telephone (0191)
more information and photographs visit
on the Tyne 2004