16 of South Tyneside's best-kept secrets that even many people who live here have been missing out on

There are some things everyone from South Tyneside has done - and there are others that everyone from our borough should have done, but probably hasn't.

A look at some of South Tyneside's hidden gems and little-known facts
A look at some of South Tyneside's hidden gems and little-known facts

Here we look at some of South Tyneside's hidden gems, well-kept secrets and little-known facts which everyone from the borough should experience.

South Shields is famed for Colmans, but a lot of Sanddancers stand by Green Lane Fisheries as the best fish and chips in town.
Step off the busy Mill Lane in Hebburn, and an oasis of wildlife and scenery awaits - with a lake home to swans and other wildlife, and trails leading off to Wardley Manor Country Park and other places to explore.
Everyone loves a Greggs. But discerning consumers of baked goods know this little family business, going strong for almost 50 years, is THE place for cakes.
An Aladdin's Cave of exotic goods awaits. This is the place to come for all those ingredients you see in recipes but can never find in the supermarket, as well as authentic Asian foods, and bargains on store-cupboard staples.
It may look a little anonymous from the outside, but this little cafe gets rave reviews for its outstanding food and service.
"Hebburn has a marina?" is the response some give when you mention this great little riverside spot, which leads on to the Keelman's Way- a riverside trail which goes all the way up to Wylam.
Everyone knows Cleadon Hills, but this special piece of parkland - seen here in the snow in yesteryear - is a special place to visit.


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Named after one of South Shields' famous historical figures, the pub may seem a little nondescript and out-of-the-way from the outside, but inside it has great atmosphere and even betterr beers.
They offer a great view and are an interesting site in themselves. The guns are replicas of two Russian cannons captured during the Crimean War and gifted to South Shields in 1858. The originals stood on the site until the 1930s.
A 12-mile route taking in some of the most scenic parts of the borough, heading from the historic St Paul's in Jarrow to its twin monastic site of St Peter's in Sunderland. You can easily complete this challenge in a day.
One of the most famous kings of Northumbria - but did you know he was crowned on the Lawe Top in South Shields? Our town is rich with history going back thousands of years, and played a big part in the regions development.


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You've probably passed this pub countless times, and may not have even noticed its there. But this great historical boozer is something special, and a must-visit for fans of proper pubs.
The painted horse on the rock face below Cleadon Hills dates back to at least the 1880s, and there are many stories about its origins - some more likely than others. Have you ever had a wander to see it up close?
Tucked behind King Street, this place is a real throwback to Victorian times and a friendly place for a pint in a historic setting.
We all know Ridley Scott, Sarah Millican, Joe McElderry and half of Little Mix are from South Shields. But less well known is that Monty Python Eric Idle was born in Harton when his mother was evacuated here during World War Two.


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A top lunch spot for those in the know, offering great coffee and all manner of food options catering for all tastes and needs, vegans included. It's based inside the historic Jarrow Hall.