CaptureResidents and visitors to North Shields are being encouraged to discover some of the vibrant and historical attractions around the town in a new town trail route, launching on Tuesday (22 March). 

The new town trail route is being launched to showcase the heritage of North Shields – from the vibrant centre, to the beautiful green haven of Northumberland Park and the historic Fish Quay. 

North Tyneside Council’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn will join businesses, schools and voluntary organisations to mark the occasion and will enjoy a walk around the trail.

The circular walk, which is just over two and a half miles long, takes you on a journey of discovery through the town. Beginning and ending at the Beacon Centre, it passes through the town centre and takes in the Linskill Centre and Memorial Garden, Northumberland Park, the Old Low Light and the Fish Quay.

It is hoped that the new town trail will enable people to find out about North Shields’ rich history, as well and encouraging more people into the town.

The walk trail is available from North Shields Library, Linskill Centre, Glasshouse Tea Rooms and the Old Low Light Centre. It is also available to download at www.northshieldstrail.org.

The town trail has been launched in partnership with North Tyneside Council, North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Christ Church School, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College and the voluntary sector.

 Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “North Shields is rich in heritage and this trail route will help people to explore and discover some of the town’s wonderful characteristics. It’s fantastic for visitors and I’m sure many residents in the area will also discover something new about their town. 

“Particularly as we get into the spring and summer months, I’d encourage people to take part in the trail and enjoy all North Shields has to offer.”

David Bavaird Chair of North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce, added: “A number of members of the Chamber had the idea to celebrate our town’s rich heritage by creating a town trail and we quickly found that the idea was of real interest to lots of organisations in the town. I would like to thank all who contributed so enthusiastically and quickly. The North Shields Town Trail will be another reason for visitors and residents to visit our town and to help celebrate our rich heritage.”