Saltwell Park Saunter

Saltwell Park is a 55 acre award winning park, opened  in 1876 and set in the heart of Gateshead, designed by Edward Kemp. It is situated on the south bank of the river Tyne.

It boasts a large Victorian boating lake; vast picnicking areas; a bandstand; tennis courts; children’s playing areas; a rose garden and it even has a dog park. One part of the park is set out as a country stream, meandering through the trees and shrubbery; liberally dotted with rustic bridges and sporting paths on both sides.

Throughout the park you are given many choices of which path to take and which green compartment to visit. This means that you can visit regularly and always choose a different path!

It is easy to spend a day here and have a nice picnic when you feel like it or perhaps visit the Saltwell Towers for refreshments. Saltwell Towers is a delightful mansion house that also houses the visitor centre.

The park is on a hill and this is most noticeable on the area beside the stream where it enhances the view dramatically.

 

There are three war memorials, A Boer War Memorial – a bronze angel on a granite plinth;  a modern memorial to the Durham Light Infantry – a sandstone wall with flanking walls bearing three plaques with the names of men who died between 1900-45, and small ornamental garden;

The third War Memorial is a bridge connecting the grassy area of the central portion of the Park to the Walls of Saltwell Tower. It commemorates the men who died crossing the Plimsole Bridge in World War II.

The original bandstand can now be seen in Beamish Outdoor Museum.

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North Gate view on the lake

North Gate view of the lake

The lake from the north entrance

The lake from the north entrance

Saltwell Park Picnic Area

Saltwell Park Picnic Area

Picnic area and lake

Picnic area and lake

Road to the lake

Road to the lake

Wildlife

Wildlife

Lake and picnic area on a (rare) sunny day

Lake and picnic area on a (rare) sunny day

Pedal boat

Pedal boat

Family boat ride

Family boat ride

The Saltwell FlyerThe Saltwell Flyer!

Bowling Green + bystander (!)

Bowling Green + bystander (!)

The Plimsole Bridge Memorial to the mem of the Durham Light Infantry who died crossing it in WWII

The Plimsole Bridge Memorial to the men of the Durham Light Infantry who died crossing it in WWII

Plimsole Bridge

The Plimsole Bridge

One of the many small bridges crossing stream in the woodland

One of the many small bridges crossing stream in the woodland

The stream

The stream

Gunnera Manicata plant in background. It can reach 8 feet high

Gunnera Manicata plant in background. It can reach 8 feet high

Two Bridges

Two Bridges

Saltwell Towers from the front.  (Photo by Sylvia)

Saltwell Towers from the front. (Photo by SYLVIA)

The Charlton Memorial Drinking Fountain

The Charlton Memorial Drinking Fountain

Close-up of the Charlton Memorial Drinking Fountain

Close-up of the Charlton Memorial Drinking Fountain

Saltwell Towers from the formal garden

Saltwell Towers from the formal garden

Saltwell Towers - Cafe and Visitor Centre

Saltwell Towers – Cafe and Visitor Centre

A garden to relax in... and have an ice-cream from the cafe.

A garden to relax in… and have an ice-cream from the cafe.

The sandstone belvedere walls and battlements

The sandstone belvedere walls and battlements

The battlements

The battlements (Pic by SYLVIA)

Staircase and battlements

Staircase and battlements

View of the Towers

View of the Towers and budding gymnast!

The boer War Memorial from the  wooden bridge

The Boer War Memorial from the wooden bridge

Boer War memorial - Winged Victory

Boer War memorial – Winged Victory

Winged Victory on the Boer War Memorial

Winged Victory on the Boer War Memorial

Bridge and Saltwell Towers

Bridge and Saltwell Towers

Saltwell Tower and BridgeTowers, Bridge and Walls

Model of the Tyne Bridge, from the Gateshead side.

Model of the Tyne Bridge, from the Gateshead side.

Model of bridge from the Newcastle side (another viewpoint!)

Model of bridge from the Newcastle side (another viewpoint!)

The new bandstand

The new bandstand

The Bandstand

The Bandstand

The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden

Bridge in the Japanese garden

Bridge in the Japanese garden

Monument in Japanese GardenA Japanese Sculpture

Picknickers shelter from the hot sun!

Picknickers shelter from the hot sun!

SAM_0991_edited-1Saltwell Towers through the wall doorwaysTowers and GatewaysSaltwell Towers and the Boer War MemorialSummer In Saltwell Park

The Seedling Stone - sculpture

The Seedling Stone – sculpture

The Language Stone

The Language Stone

The Language Stone - another side

The Language Stone – another side

"I LOVE YOU" in many languages

“I LOVE YOU” in many languages

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The Foliate Stone - sculpture

The Foliate Stone – sculpture

Shelter from the rain ... (not today!)Rain Shelter (There’s usually a lot about!)Grade II listed statue of Alderman John Lucas on the BroadwalkGrade II listed statue of Alderman John Lucas on the Broadwalk.

Saltwell Park "Hut"

Saltwell Park “Hut”

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