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    Oozing down the Burn





    Ouseburn in 1910



    The lost rivers of Newcastle include the Pandon Burn, Lort Burn, Skinner Burn, and the Swirle, all flowing into the River Tyne. They're still there flowing under the city streets but have long since been built over. One that remains though, is the Ouseburn, which is (mostly) still above ground.

    I saw it the other day on a bike ride, and thought it looked worth exploring. So I returned with my packraft, and the story begins.


    I started at the Ouseburn Barrage, near the confluence with the Tyne.





    Passing the Tyne Bar and resisting the lure of Anarchist beer, I pressed on, looking for a suitable place to launch from.









    Physical graffiti.





    The Ouseburn Barrage.




    The Ouseburn garage.




    I found some old steps leading down to the river and unpacked my gear.





    Inflation.





    Various passers by stopped to watch and ask about my boat. This had dual advantage of allowing me to pontificate at length about the joys of packrafting, and enabling me to get my picture taken.





    Down the steps to the river.




    On the water.








    A reminder of where I was.





    Upstream, some boats were moored.









    Luxury marina.





    Moving on up river.





    Interesting craft.





    Tied up by the Seven Stories building.





    The Sea Song Sang.





    Swans. I was told there was a kingfisher up here, but I never saw it.





    Dodgy looking orange stuff.





    Byker Bridge and the Metro Bridge.





    Passing under the Metro bridge.





    And the railway bridge.





    Both of them.






    Here it got a bit shallow and I had to get out and walk for a bit. I was approaching the tunnel, which leads through to Jesmond Dene park. An underground section of the river.





    I waded in first to recce, and it looked fairly deep and navigable, so I returned with the boat. I paddled in for a few hundred yards. The tunnel got darker and narrower further in and I could hear fast flowing water ahead. I went as far as I could, but unfortunately the batteries in my torch had given up the ghost and I couldn't see to go any further. So I turned round and headed back to the mouth of the tunnel.






    Heading back downstream.





    Orange stuff again! I was going to have to hose down the boat thoroughly on my return. Perhaps a bio-hazard suit would be more appropriate to wear next time?





    Message in a bottle.





    Coming back to the Seven Stories.





    An old friend.





    Zeppelin reference! Unfortunately I didn't have any LPs on me.





    Back at the luxury marina.





    The back of the toffee factory.





    And back at the barrage.





    The lock was open so I went through.





    And joined the River Tyne on the other side.













    Boat on the Tyne.





    Family member.





    Down the Tyne.









    These looked interesting so I went under for a look














    Back at the Hub (Bike cafe etc.)





    Then back through the barrage.






















    I get the message.





    Journey's end.





    Ashore once more.





    Colourful scenery.





    War memorial.





    Front of the toffee factory.





    The Ouseburn pagodas. (Not sure what this building was, maybe someone can enlighten me.)





    Shipping company.





    So, I packed my boat away and went back to the Hub for a coffee and cake. Then went back and hosed everything down with strong disinfectant.

    A good day's urban exploring.


    Gordon

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    Fantastic. You've got some swingers on you.
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    Now that is a great way to start my day - an excellent adventure and some really good photos - I assume you will be going back with a torch to the underground bit?
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    cracking set of photo's, excellent day out by the looks of it.

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    Urban paddling at its most extreme.

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    I enjoy these town paddles, so much interest along the banks

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    That was intrepid!

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    I found what this was:




    It's the old Ouseburn School.

    Burma or Byker?

    More here:

    http://www.seenewcastle.com/building/ouseburn-school/

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    Fantastic, can you imagine them putting that amount of thought into the design of a school nowdays?
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    Funky lock gates, pagoda school turrets, Metro in the sky. Quite a place.

    Glad your Pakraft didn't dissolve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    Fantastic. You've got some swingers on you.
    I didn't take my golf clubs.


    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    Fantastic, can you imagine them putting that amount of thought into the design of a school nowdays?
    No way. Victorian excess at its best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Now that is a great way to start my day - an excellent adventure and some really good photos - I assume you will be going back with a torch to the underground bit?
    Thanks, PP.

    I'm tempted, I must admit. Doing some research on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditch Crawler View Post
    cracking set of photo's, excellent day out by the looks of it.
    Thanks. Now I have to wait for a decent day to go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Nick View Post
    Urban paddling at its most extreme.

    Nick
    Ha ha. I've done worse.

    I've seen it all, I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train...

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    Enjoyed that one Gordon, Thanks
    Now you need to get down to York and go 'Burning down the Ouse' ... couldn't resist

    Take care
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    Enjoyed that one Gordon, Thanks
    Now you need to get down to York and go 'Burning down the Ouse' ... couldn't resist

    Take care
    It had to be said. I'm just glad it was you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    Enjoyed that one Gordon, Thanks
    Now you need to get down to York and go 'Burning down the Ouse' ... couldn't resist

    Take care

    Ha.

    I might at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Ha.

    I might at that.
    23rd of June would be a good day for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    23rd of June would be a good day for it.
    Maybe.

    But do they have a category for packrafts, or even inflatables?

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    Loved your title!

    If ever one day that we get to paddle somewhere in Cyprus, or even somewhere to the north in Turkey. I'll be looking forward to the day that we get tae 'Burn Down the Ouzo!'

    Chances are, that it'll be nowhere so exotic, or just as interesting, probably more like a planned Mexican Evening on the Basingstoke Canal (Pt.2). Which is now very much long over due,
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    I'm glad you had that adventure but it provided reassurance as to why we usually get off the Tyne at Hexham. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    I'm glad you had that adventure but it provided reassurance as to why we usually get off the Tyne at Hexham. :-)
    The Tyne is fine in Newcastle, but the Ouseburn is ... interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gdd View Post
    I enjoy these town paddles, so much interest along the banks

    That's true.

    Cheers.

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    Excellent urban adventure Mr Crow! Loved the crazy craft, undershot of metro bridge & (apparently) infinite concrete bridge struts in particular.

    The orange oozy stuff was alarming - especially where it appeared to spew out of the outlet pipe.

    You're also brave to venture into a dark tunnel with a failing torch towards the sound of rushing water... yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hewitt View Post
    That was intrepid!

    Not specially.

    If I go back and do the tunnel properly it will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Funky lock gates, pagoda school turrets, Metro in the sky. Quite a place.

    Glad your Pakraft didn't dissolve.
    So am I!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Loved your title!

    If ever one day that we get to paddle somewhere in Cyprus, or even somewhere to the north in Turkey. I'll be looking forward to the day that we get tae 'Burn Down the Ouzo!'

    Chances are, that it'll be nowhere so exotic, or just as interesting, probably more like a planned Mexican Evening on the Basingstoke Canal (Pt.2). Which is now very much long over due,
    Cheers, Mark.

    I remember the last Mexican evening well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Starr View Post
    Excellent urban adventure Mr Crow! Loved the crazy craft, undershot of metro bridge & (apparently) infinite concrete bridge struts in particular.

    The orange oozy stuff was alarming - especially where it appeared to spew out of the outlet pipe.

    You're also brave to venture into a dark tunnel with a failing torch towards the sound of rushing water... yikes!

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    To infinity and beyond. Yes I liked that shot too, thanks.

    I've got a decent torch now and want to go back, but I'm snowbound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Now that is a great way to start my day - an excellent adventure and some really good photos - I assume you will be going back with a torch to the underground bit?
    Yes.

    Done.

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