"The road, which is pretty good, is used principally for mineral traffic; it passes Tyne Head, and leads to mines beyond."
The Tyne And Its Tributaries. W J Palmer. 1882
Tynehead bridge is a short walk down a road branching off from the end of the main public road, which continues as a private road but is unmetalled for some distance. At the bottom of the Tynehead road is a small footbridge apparently going nowhere, but in fact it joins the South Tyne Trail. It still has road status as part of the Old Middleton Road. The river winds a lot from here and the bed is very stony. There was once a substantial settlement near here at Tynehead and lead miners tramped the roads hereabouts, but now it is a very lonely place disturbed by few people.