River Tyne


River Tyne
 
Newcastle Quayside with bridges.jpg
River Tyne Quayside
CountryUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Tributaries
 - leftRiver Derwent
Primary sourceSouth Tyne
 - locationAlston Moor, Cumbria, England
Secondary sourceNorth Tyne
 - locationDeadwater Fell, Kielder, Northumberland, England
MouthTynemouth
 - locationSouth Shields, Tyne and Wear, England
 - coordinates55°0′37″N 1°25′8″W / 55°0′37″N 1°25′8″W / 55.01028; -1.41889
Length118 km (73 mi) [1]
Basin2,933 km2 (1,132 sq mi) [2]
Dischargefor Bywell
 - average44.6 m3/s (1,575 cu ft/s) [2]
Wikimedia Commons: River Tyne, England
Confluence of North (right) and South Tyne (left) near Warden

The River Tyne n/ (About this sound listen) is a river in North East England and its length (excluding tributaries) is 73 miles (118 km).[1] It is formed by the confluence of two rivers: the North Tyne and the South Tyne. These two rivers converge at Warden Rock near Hexham in Northumberland at a place dubbed 'The Meeting of the Waters'.

The North Tyne rises on the Scottish border, north of Kielder Water. It flows through Kielder Forest, and in and out of the border. It then passes through the village of Bellingham before reaching Hexham.

The South Tyne rises on Alston Moor, Cumbria and flows through the towns of Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge, in a valley often called the Tyne Gap. Hadrian's Wall lies to the north of the Tyne Gap. Coincidentally the source of the South Tyne is very close to the sources of the other two great rivers of the industrial north east namely the Tees and the Wear. The South Tyne Valley falls within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - the second largest of the 40 AONBs in England and Wales.

The combined Tyne flows from the convergence point at Warden Rock just to the north west of Hexham, the area where the river's now thriving barbel stocks were first introduced in the mid-1980s, through Corbridge in Northumberland. It enters the county of Tyne and Wear between Clara Vale (in the Borough of Gateshead on the south bank) and Tyne Riverside Country Park (in Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank) and continues to divide Newcastle and Gateshead for 13 miles (21 km), in the course of which it is spanned by 10 bridges. To the east of Gateshead and Newcastle, the Tyne divides Hebburn and Jarrow on the south bank from Walker and Wallsend on the north bank. Jarrow and Wallsend are linked underneath the river by the Tyne Tunnel. Finally it flows between South Shields and Tynemouth into the North Sea.[2]

The Tyne Rivers Trust measure the whole Tyne catchment as 2,936 square kilometres (1,134 sq mi), containing around 4,399 kilometres (2,733 mi) of waterways.[3]

The River Tyne is believed to be around 30 million years old. making it the oldest river in the U.K. after the Thames[4]

Conservation history

The conservation of the Tyne has been handled by various bodies over the past 500 years. Conservation bodies have included: Newcastle Trinity House,[5] and the Tyne Improvement Commission.[5] The Tyne Improvement Commission conservation lasted from 1850 until 1968.[5] The 1850-1950 era was the worst period for pollution of the river.[5] The Tyne Improvement Commission laid the foundations for what has become the modern day Port of Tyne.[6] Under the management of the Tyne Improvement Commissioners, over a period of the first 70 years the Tyne was deepened from 1.83 to 9.14 meters and had 150 million tonnes dredged from it.[6] Inside these 70 years, the two Tyne piers were built;[6] Northumbrian, Tyne and Albert Docks were built[6] as well as the staithes at Whitehill and Dunston.[6] This infrastructure enabled millions of tonnes of cargo to be handled by the Port by 1910.[6] As of 2018 the tidal river is now managed by the Port of Tyne Authority, and has been managed by the Port of Tyne Authority since 1968.[5][6]

Other Languages
العربية: نهر تاين
Чӑвашла: Тайн
čeština: Tyne
Cymraeg: Afon Tyne
español: Río Tyne
Esperanto: Rivero Tyne
euskara: Tyne
فارسی: رود تاین
français: Tyne
Frysk: Tyne
한국어: 타인강
íslenska: Tyne-á
italiano: Tyne
עברית: טיין
Latina: Tina
lietuvių: Tainas
മലയാളം: ടൈൻ നദി
Nederlands: Tyne
日本語: タイン川
norsk nynorsk: Tyne
Piemontèis: Tyne (fium)
polski: Tyne
português: Rio Tyne
русский: Тайн
Simple English: River Tyne
slovenčina: Tyne
slovenščina: Tyne
српски / srpski: Тајн (река)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Tyne
suomi: Tyne
svenska: Tyne
தமிழ்: டைன் ஆறு
українська: Тайн
West-Vlams: Tyne
ייִדיש: טיין
中文: 泰恩河