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Source of the North Tyne

Gilbert Ward, 2013

A sculpture to mark the source of North Tyne

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Kielder Art & Architecture worked with cancer charity Daft as a Brush to commission a sculpture to mark the source of the North Tyne river. The project will eventually mark the start/finish point for a new walking route from the source of the North Tyne to the sea and back. The sculpture marks the highest position from which water still flows into the stream bed during summer months. During the winter water can be found contributing to the flow a further 300m up the hillside.

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The Source of the North Tyne marker stone is located close to the Scottish border at OS map reference NY 605974.

From Kielder village take the C200 northwest towards the Scottish border. As the border marker is reached park in the layby to the right hand side of the road.

Climb over the stile and walk up the fell for 250m to the site of the marker stone.


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Gilbert Ward is a sculptor and stonemason who lives close to Hexham. Past works include a sculpture to mark the source of the South Tyne in the hills above Alston in Cumbria.

The Source of the North Tyne sculpture is close to the border between England and Scotland. It is overlooked by Deadwater Fell, the site of Adjaye Associates' Specere shelter. Close by is Deadwater Halt, and old station along the old line of the Border County Railway which can be seen running along the bottom of the valley into Scotland.