Cramlington has Newcastle-upon-Tyne in its sights. It’s only 9 miles north of the bright lights of the North East’s buzzing capital, and the same distance from Newcastle International Airport. This well-established ‘new town’ supports a busy economy of its own, as well as being a great commuter base. It’s in a strong position between the East Coast and the A1, giving a new home here easy access to Newcastle, the North Sea, and Northumberland, and three very different landscapes to make the most of.
On the go
The A1 takes the lion’s share of the flow of traffic through the North East. It’s linked to Cramlington by the A19 and the A189, though there’s a smaller cross-country route via the A1172 which joins the A1 at Shotton if you are heading north. The A1 southbound takes you into the west of Newcastle and across the Tyne to Gateshead, and the A19 heads to the east of the city for Tynemouth, North Shields (where there’s an International Ferry Terminal), and across the Tyne to South Shields (where there’s a fabulous sandy beach). Cramlington’s train station is on the East Coast Main Line which runs between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. The average journey time by train into Newcastle is just under 15 minutes, making it a great option for commuters. Arriva North East provides express bus services to Newcastle, Morpeth and Blyth, and Go North East run bus services to and from North Shields.
What’s on in town
Cramlington has a full list of town amenities to support its roles in retail, education, healthcare, leisure and industry. The Manor Walks Shopping Centre is the main shopping centre, incorporating a Vue Cinema, as well as pubs and restaurants. Around town you’ve got a choice of supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and ALDI. Amongst the choice of schools, there’s an innovative Learning Village which incorporates a Junior Learning Village for Years 7 and 8, a Senior Learning Village for Years 9 to 11, and an Advanced Learning Village for Years 12 and 13. Other options, just out of town, are the North Gosforth Academy at Seaton Burn, which specialises in Business and Enterprise, and Astley Community High School in Seaton Delaval. The Concordia Leisure Centre is a great asset for all the family. It’s part of the Active Northumberland Group. To stretch your legs in the fresh air, the Plessey Woods Country Park is 4 miles northwest of town, an easy drive and a great outing.
Out of town
With Newcastle-upon-Tyne so close, you’ve got all the shopping, entertainment and eating-out options that you could want. A 6-mile drive to Blyth on the coast gives your family a blast of sea-air, a walk around the harbour and along the pier, and a choice of sandy beaches. Another great coastal walk is to St Mary’s Lighthouse overlooking Whitley Bay.