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Took a walk in the rain on bank holiday weekend. Lovely route down by stream and finished off with... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2018
South Shields, United Kingdom
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Hidden away. Find it and visit.

A modest and unassuming piece of our industrial heritage, illuminated by the friendly and... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2017
Nicholas G
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

Path Head Water Mill is worth a visit for many different reasons. For the historically minded it is a fascinating insight into the past. For the technologically minded it is expanding to show how water power it links between the past and our future energy provision. For the nature lover it is set in beautiful grounds and for the artist there is an islet in the water proving a variety of views that made me wish I could draw or paint. it really needs a dry day to appreciate wall this site has to offer.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Penny W
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Reviewed May 29, 2015

My grandson and I (age diffference 65yrs)went for a day out together to this tranquil, industrial revival site. There was plenty to see and do even though at first sight the area was small (which suited granny!). There were flowers,rivers, industrial equipment, outdoor games, historical items of interest. It was a great day of learning experiences mixed with play fun which kept us occupied for many hours. Our own packed lunches could be eaten on site, in a cosy cafe if the weather was inclement. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day here in May, and would love to return again. The price was not excessive and parking was free.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Vivienne A
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Reviewed May 11, 2015

Found this attraction on - line by accident. The working water mill is very interesting in itself but supplemented by additional features in the grounds that make for an interesting treasure hunt for the kids. Our 2 especially liked the map of the UK grown in grass and the hopscotch paving. We were there around 2 hours and saw everything.
Staff were friendly, helpful and willing to answer questions on the history, operation and restoration of the mill. The car park is free but small, probably a max of 10 cars.

Date of experience: May 2015
2  Thank 311davey
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Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is an attraction that was pretty much on the doorstep, but somewhere we just never got round to visiting. We eventually decided to visit on a sunny afternoon, and I am glad that we did!

After a leisurely walk to Path Head, we were pleasantly surprise by the size and also how well hidden it appeared to be. There were a few other visitors already there when we arrived, but the guide was very friendly.

It was very interesting to see the history of the mill and then to see the workings, as they would have been when the mill was in operation. It has been lovingly restored by people who have a genuine passion for the industrial history of the North East and want to pass this on to every visitor. There was also a trail which was a nice way to take in information about various machinery such as wind turbines, and other water powered machinery.

There was a small seating area indoors which a where you could buy tea, coffee and a small section of cold drinks and snacks. However as the weather was so nice, we were offered seats to take out on to the grassed area with was a very relaxing way to finish our visit.

Overall we both enjoyed our visit to Path Head Water Mill and on such a beautiful day it was sad that there were so few visitors to what is a very interesting attraction. I think one of the reasons could be the price of admission that in my opinion seems a little excessive considering the size of the attraction. This may well put family or larger groups of visitors off.

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Phil S
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Sad to say we'd driven past the sign to Path Head Water Mill many times without actually bothering to visit. Luckily this weekend we put an end to that and are very glad that we did. Trevor is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide and was happy to answer any questions that we had and to generally make us feel very welcome. He has a true passion for the Mill and for the industrial heritage of Tyneside in general and both he and the Mill deserve better than the trickle of visitors that currently come through the doors. Anyway, I digress.....The Mill itself has been lovingly restored and is set within a beautiful and very tranquil woodland environment. There's a lot to see, ranging from the Mill itself to wind turbines, water features and a fantastic map of the UK and Ireland made from grass. Our young son had a great time running around the map in particular and also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the workings of the Mill itself. All in all a very pleasant afternoon and hopefully one that we'll repeat again soon.

Date of experience: August 2014
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