Cross Lane Meadows

Wild flowers at Cross Lane, Gateshead Council

ox-eye daisies at Cross Lane, Gateshead Council

A large area of re-seeded wildflower meadows, formerly arable farming fields, this site is now protected for its wildlife and landscape value.

In spring, it has spectacular display of cowslips and in summer, flowers like ox-eye daisy, yellow rattle and common knapweed flourish and the meadows are alive with insects and butterflies.

Skylarks and kestrels frequent and the newly planted hedgerows provide nesting sites for yellowhammer, linnet and dunnocks (hedge sparrows).

DWT took over the management of this reserve from Gateshead Council in June 2014 and will continue the work to develop the area for wildlife.

Site Details

15428 Nature Reserves Guide-Cross Lane Meadows

Terrain: Moderate
Mixed terrain, not suitable for those with mobility problems. Small woodland area has unsurfaced paths. Meadows are waterlogged in parts so suitable footwear is required.

Grid Reference Site Entrance: NZ 209 316 2130
Nearest Post Code: NE16 3EQ
Area: 16.31 hectares
OS Explorer Map No: 316


Access and Parking
Access off Market Lane Swalwell, some parking is available in the lay-by in front of reserve. Entrance via gate to main meadow area.

Public Transport
There is a regular bus service to the Metrocentre and Swalwell.

Welcome, but on leads at all times.


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