Deep in the Ouseburn Valley, central to Newcastle upon Tyne there is a hidden and intriguing location that, having lived there for 18 years had never ever come across… The Ouseburn Culvert.
The culvert houses the river Ouseburn that runs from all the way up past Jesmond Dene down till it meets the Tyne. The small river runs underneath Shieldfield. Once part of the valley Shieldfield is now flat having been used as a landfill site. The gap over the valley was filled in order to make the city more accessible. However under the piles of rubbish a reinforced concrete tunnel was build to carry the Ouseburn underneath. The tunnel is uninhabited an extremely eerie. In the Second World War it was used as an air raid shelter for the population of Newcastle. Although I never got into the tunnel far enough to get to the shelter I believe it is still there, and I’m extremely exited to go back and go deeper into the culvert.
Another one of Newcastle’s secrets is the Rising Sun Country Park… It’s not really a secret but I can admit I’d never been there until the other day! I went with my girlfriend Molly and we had a really lovely day. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to escape the city without actually leaving. We easily strolled around for a good 2 hours and admired the lovely scenery, as well as petting the horses and swans. It’s extremely picturesque and a really nice day out.