There is a new project to breath new life into the riverside through a series of guided walks along the landscape of the River Tees.
The walks aim to introduce people to the network of paths and tracks that communities have used over the centuries, celebrating the natural and social heritage of the River Tees.
The River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership, which has been supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to develop the river and its surrounding area through conservation and community activities.
The Heritage Lottery fund uses National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.
They want to reconnect the people of the Tees with their river – a natural feature that has moulded the physical and cultural development of the landscape and communities through which it runs.
The River Tees stands as both a barrier and a link between communities. Throughout history people have looked for ways to cross it; ways to stop people crossing it; ways to cross it without stopping shipping; and ways to enjoy it. This is a complex story of fords and fixed bridges from the Romans to the Victorians. Roman fortifications, English Civil War defences, 20th century moving bridges, the Tees Barrage and the Teesdale Way.
Commenting on the programme, Chris Corbett, River Tees Rediscovered Community and Access Officer, said: “Walking is a brilliant way of getting close up to the natural beauty of the River Tees and an ideal opportunity to see how people have lived alongside the river for generations. The Tees is a great natural asset and by taking part in our guided walks programme, you will be walking the footsteps of Roman soldiers, Anglo-Saxon holy men, Viking settlers and Victorian entrepreneurs and industrialists.
Topics covered by the walks will include history, wildlife and industrial heritage. Last week, Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society secretary Alan Betteney joined the River Tees Rediscovered team for a riverside walk from the Tees Barrage to the Transporter Bridge , throwing light on the engineering challenges and triumphs posed by crossing the Tees.
The project is working towards a vision to build a society of sustainable communities, which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment where individuals and enterprise prosper.
Groundwork NE & Cumbria wish to create sustainable communities by developing initiatives that cut across economic, environmental and social issues.
Through the help of passionate individuals, proactive public services and innovative parts of the private sector, they believe their vision can be met.
For more information on the project and events and how to get involved, please visit the website or call the team on 01642 616144.