Cross Lane Meadows
Know before you go
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.
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.
There is a regular bus service to the Metrocentre and Swalwell.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all hours
Best time to visitMarch to June
About the reserve
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.