Miller Homes - Scholars Gate, DH4
Living in Houghton-le-Spring
Quality of life is about the details of everyday living. From the little things, like knowing the nearest place to pick up a pint of milk, to more important matters like finding the right school or having a health centre nearby, you need to know that the community you’re moving to will support you and your family, as well as being a pleasant place to live. So here’s some useful information about the area around Scholars Gate.
Leisure & Recreation
The Philadelphia, a family-friendly local with a children's play area and live music twice a month, is just quarter of a mile from Scholars Gate, and the nearby Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club hosts a number of fitness classes and community events. There is also a Sports Centre and Wellness Centre in Houghton-le-Spring that includes a modern gym, sports facilities, a skate park and a soft play area for children.
Scholars Gate is less than a mile from the intersection of the A182 and A183, and just three and a half miles from the A1(M) giving fast access to the whole region. The area is well served by buses linking the local communities, with several services passing along Philadelphia lane, 350 yards from the development, and some running adjacent to Scholars Gate.
Scholars Gate is surrounded by parks, open green areas and sports grounds. Amongst the attractions, New Herrington Recreational Park incorporates a playground and sports pitches, and the magnificent Herrington Country Park, one of the largest parks in Sunderland and home to miles of walks and cycle trails as well as special events and open-air concerts, is just half a mile away. The Penshaw Monument, a striking, local landmark visible from miles around is a pleasant half-mile walk from the park, and there is also an 18-hole parkland golf course at Houghton-le Spring.
Local shops include a Co-op supermarket, a newsagent and convenience store incorporating a post office, a second convenience store and off-licence, and a Numark pharmacy, all within half a mile of Scholars Gate. The village also has a selection of food takeaways, specialist shops and services such as hairdressers. There is a wider selection in the lively town centre of Houghton-le-Spring, two miles away.
Recycling bins in the car park of the Shoulder of Mutton pub, a few minutes’ walk from Scholars Gate, accept most household waste including glass, paper and cardboard, textiles, metal cans and plastic bottles.
Education & Health
Shiney Row Primary, around 600 yards from Scholars Gate and reached via off-road footpaths, was recently assessed by Ofsted as a good school with a positive ethos and effective leadership. Pupils from Shiney Row normally move on to Kepier School in Houghton-le-Spring, a specialist Sports College with academy status, again rated by Ofsted as a good school. There are two medical practices within a few minutes’ walk, and a choice of dentists in Houghton-le-Spring.
The Philadelphia Pub
Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club,
Bunker Hill Ground,
Back Shop Row
Houghton Sports and Leisure Centre,
Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club,
1-3 Grangewood Court
Shiney Row Post Office
1 Westbourne Terrace
Shiney Row Primary School
Rear South View
Herrington Medical Centre
Westbourne Medical Group
Shiney Row Surgery
From the A1(M) Southbound
Leave the A1(M) at junction 64, signposted for Washington and Birtley, and at the Emerson Interchange stay on the A195 Western Highway following signs for Houghton-le-Spring. One mile on, at the Princess Anne Interchange take the third exit to join the A182 and stay on the A182 for three miles. (Part of the route, between the Biddick Hall and Shiney Road junctions, is along the A183, but continue to follow signs for Houghton-le-Spring.) Half a mile on from the Shiney Row junction, after passing the ‘Welcome to Philadelphia’ sign take the next right turn into Success Road. The entrance toScholars Gate is on the right, around 350 yards on.
From the A1(M) Northbound
Leave the A1(M) at junction 63, and follow signs for Sunderland via the A183. Stay on the A183 for two and a half miles, then at the Wapping Bridge roundabout take the second exit to join the B1519. After 350 yards, just after passing Ye Olde Beer Shoppe on the left, turn right into Golf Course Road. At the junction 600 yards on, bear left and around half a mile after passing the ‘Welcome to Philadelphia’ sign the entrance to Scholars Gate is on the left.
Leave Sunderland by the A183, following signs for Chester-le-Street. Continue to follow signs for Chester-le-Street then, two miles after passing through the junction with the A19, at the Shiney Row roundabout take the first exit to join the A182, still signposted for Houghton-le-Spring. Half a mile on, after passing the ‘Welcome to
Philadelphia’ sign take the next right turn into Success Road. The entrance to Scholars Gate is on the right, around 350 yards on.
Sat Nav: DH4 4TL
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