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The Local Area Guide to living in Crawcrook

Crawcrook is a handsome little village on the western border of Tyne and Wear that is up and coming with commuters in the north east of England. It has a semi-rural location and is close to the stunning landscapes of Kielder Forest Park and the North Pennines, while still being only ten miles away from the bright lights and urban grit of Newcastle Upon Tyne, making it a convenient choice for commuters. Less than a mile away from Crawcrook’s main high street is a plethora of farms and woodland, offering a nice escape.

In the early 1900s, Crawcrook was an important area for the coal mining industry, and had two large pits called Emma and Clara, as well as a few smaller ones. The coal industry in the area collapsed during the 1950s and 1960s, but the town still boasts many sturdy and charming miners’ cottages that add to its picturesque air. Old wagonways once used to transport coal are still present in Crawcrook, however they are now maintained as footpaths. The village is still a lively place, with plenty of shops and pubs to choose from.

Information about local residents

According to the most recent 2011 census, Crawcrook has a population of 5,407. The average age of residents in the town is 42, making it a relatively young town with many families and children. 24% of Crawcrook’s population are aged 0-19. The area is not very ethnically diverse, with only 0.7% of the population being from a black or minority ethnicity group.

Professional roles are the top employment group in the area, followed by Associate Professional and Technical and Administrative. The people of Crawcrook mostly keep in good health, with only 9% of the population claiming to be of not very good health. The area is still mostly a Christian society, with 69% of residents following the religion.

Nearby schools

Being a fairly small town, Crawcrook only has two primary schools, St Agnes Roman Catholic School and Emmaville School. Both schools perform above the national average standard and were rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The secondary schools are located a little way outside the town and include Thorp Academy, a new school that opened in 2014, and St Thomas More Catholic School, which was granted an official rating of ‘Outstanding’ during Ofsted’s most recent inspection.

Getting around

There isn’t a railway station in the centre of town but Wynam Station lies 1 mile away, making it easily reachable by foot or car. The town has very good bus links, with many services daily to nearby areas such as Chopwell, Clara Vale, Prudhoe and Ryton, as well as the bigger towns and cities like Newcastle and Gateshead.

Drivers in Crawcrook are well connected to surrounding areas, with the A695 taking you into Newcastle in just over 20 minutes. Heading west, it is just over a 30-minute drive to either the North Pennines or Kielder Forest Park. The nearest airport is very close at hand in Newcastle, serving destinations within the UK and abroad.

Local shops

The town may be described as semi-rural, but it still has a lot going for it in terms of amenities. The pleasant main street is thriving, with two greengrocers, two butchers, a library, a chiropodists, a vet’s surgery, two petrol stations, a Nisa Local and a Co-op. There are two lively pubs called The Rising Sun and The Lambs Arms, as well as the usual selection of Indian and Chinese restaurants.

Crawcrook also has a lot going for it if you’re a big fan of golf – there are five courses located very near to the village, with Ryton, Tyneside and Prudhoe Golf Clubs all situated very close by.

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