Ponteland

Ponteland is a town situated on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne, bordering Northumberland. The name Ponteland means island in the Pont (the river which flows through the village), the area consisted of a small piece of solid ground around St. Mary's church and the old bridge, surrounded by marshland. This marshland has now been drained and replaced with housing. The Pont River joins the Blyth River further downstream. The old village has been greatly enlarged by the development of the leafy suburb of Darras Hall which is one of the most affluent estates in North East England.

Ponteland was once served by a branch line of the North Eastern Railway from Newcastle upon Tyne fondly known by locals as the old railway track which runs through Pont Park, but this line was an early casualty, losing its passenger services in 1929 after passenger numbers failed to meet expectations. A substantial part of the branch has since been resurrected as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, to serve Newcastle Airport. Ponteland also boasts excellent bus routes. Newcastle City Centre is approximately 20 minutes travel by bus.

Ponteland has two public houses; two major supermarket chains have stores in the village and is also the home of the Northumbria Police force HQ.

Other neighbouring areas served by the Ponteland branch include Darras Hall, Dinnington, Prestwick, Woolsington, Medburn, Throckley, Heddon, Stamfordham, Dalton, Dissington, Eachwick, Otterburn, Newburn, Hazelrigg, Brunswick and Wideopen.