Olympic standard water sports, wildlife viewing and a rejuvenated heritage – the Tees Barrage has it all! Marvel at this mighty feat of engineering, then spend some time enjoying loads of activities on or alongside the River Tees.
Thrill seekers are drawn to the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre to enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, the Air Trail and of course white-water rafting. Spotting grey and common seals bobbing in the river is a favorite of wildlife lovers. A walk around the neighboring nature reserves or along the riverside path is a perfect way to relax and unwind.
Spanning the River Tees, the 70 metre long Tees Barrage is the command centre that allows Canal & River Trust to operate the massive 50 tonne gates to control the water levels of the River Tees. The office barrage is open to visitors during regular events throughout the year. The viewing platforms above the gates are the perfect place from which to look out for the grey, and common, seals that live in the River Tees.
On the northside of the barrage, the International White Water Centre offers pretty much every water sport you can think of (visit: www.tbiwwc.com). Not only this, the white-water course itself generates enough power to feed back in the National Grid! The onsite café is great place for a cuppa or to refuel after a morning’s activity.
Staying on the northside, a short walk along the riverside pathway takes you to Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, a wetland wildlife haven crisscrossed with pathways. On the southside of the barrage, a stroll along the riverside pathway takes you to Maze Park Nature Reserve, complete with a hill to climb for amazing views across to Middlesbrough.
The Tees Barrage is at the heart of the Tees Barrage Park, a larger area that lies in a loop around this section of the River Tees. All of the highlights described above are on this loop which is formed up of the two riverside pathways (both National Cycle Routes), the Stockton Bridge towards Middlesbrough and the iconic Infinity Bridge towards Stockton.