Hagg Bank Bridge
Bridge Wylam Northumberland

Hagg Bank Bridge

Bridge In Wylam, Northumberland

A grade II listed rib-arch bridge over the River Tyne.

I first learned about Hagg Bank Bridge after seeing a talk by John Grundy at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead around five years ago. He was great at making the history of the North East really interesting and he talked very enthusiastically about it all.

I have unfortunately forgotten everything he said about it, so I've had to do some research instead. So here's a bit of history about the iconic bridge:

Hagg Bank Bridge was originally a railway bridge serving Scotswood, Newburn and Wylam Railway and carried coal westwards to Carlisle.

Construction of the bridge started in 1874 and took two years to build at a cost of £16,000. It was designed by W G Laws and is 73m in length. It is also a considerable height above the water due to concerns about flooding on this part of the Tyne. It is consequently 8.5m above the river's typical level.

It is known as a rib arch bridge, which is a bridge made of steel or wrought iron where the base of the arch is below the deck, but the top rises above it. The Tyne Bridge is another example of this type of bridge.

The railway closed in 1968 and the rails were lifted in 1972. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists now use the bridge and the old railway line is now a stunning route between Newburn and Ovingham.

When we visited the bridge, we walked an eight mile loop from Wylam, along Keelman's Way, through Ryton Willows, back over the Tyne at Newburn and along the river back to Wylam. There are some really stunning views along the river here and a lovely pub called the Fox and Hounds at Wylam if you need some refreshment at the end.

  Add To Bucket List   I Have Visited This Place

Get 3 points if you have visited this place. Already visited by 73 VIPs.

Login to the VIP area to add places to your bucket list, mark them as visited and more importantly see where you rank on the league table.

How To Find Hagg Bank Bridge

Where Is Hagg Bank Bridge?

Show Place On Google Maps

Lat / Long

54.973143, -1.827438

What three words

unicorns.unicorns.swinging

Where To Park For Hagg Bank Bridge?

Show Parking On Google Maps

Lat / Long

54.97662, 54.97662

What three words

questions.lakeside.estimate

There is a free car park at Wylam, NE41 8DW.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

More Places from Sandra
Sandra Clemens

More Places In Wylam

Find more fabulous places in Wylam, Northumberland and if you know of a place we haven't listed, then let us know.

George Stephenson's Birthplace
George Stephenson's Birthplace
Building Wylam Northumberland

Birthplace of mechanical engineer George Stephenson, built around 1760.

More Bridges

So this bridge wasn't enough and you want more? Don't worry we have you covered.

Royal Border Bridge
Royal Border Bridge
Bridge Berwick Upon Tweed Northumberland

A Grade I listed railway viaduct spanning the River Tweed at Berwick and built by Robert Stephenson.

Piercebridge Roman Bridge
Piercebridge Roman Bridge
Bridge Darlington County Durham

Remains of a Roman Bridge that carried Dere Street over the River Tees.

Transporter Bridge
Transporter Bridge
Bridge Middlesbrough North Yorkshire

The Transporter Bridge that spans the River Tees in Middlesbrough.

Never Miss A Fabulous Place

If you are afraid of missing out on all the fabulous places we post, or just want to be the first to know, then sign up to the Fabulous North.

Each week we will email you all the brand new places that we visit.

Sign Up To Alerts
Sign up to newsletter
Fabulous North On Facebook

Find Us On Facebook

We post all our new places daily on our Facebook Groups page, so join the group today and be notified when we add a new place.

Join Our Facebook Group