Travelling around Newton Aycliffe
From leafy parks, boating lakes and a glorious dog walking trail, there’s nowhere quite like the North East’s Newton Aycliffe. With its friendly residents, pedestrianised town centre and annual carnival, there’s always something to make your day a little brighter.
With numerous walking trails to explore, which take in countryside vistas and fascinating sculptures, Newton is a fantastic place to visit if you’re a lover of the great outdoors. Bring along the family and enjoy a picnic in what feels like the tranquil countryside – you won’t believe that houses and roads are not far away.
Arriva buses operate in the area, which makes getting to and from Newton Aycliffe a breeze. Board a bus to visit the stunning Durham cathedral, the bright lights of Middlesbrough or the historic town of Bishop Auckland.
Aycliffe was a key element in the manufacturing of World War II ammunition. The marshy land was ideal cover against the Luftwaffe as it had high levels of mist and fog. Grass-covered munitions factories were built. These were largely staffed by women, dubbed the "Aycliffe Angels", who braved incredible dangers inside the factories.
In 1942, the government asked William Beveridge to produce a report on what he wanted Britain to be like after the war. He said that five giants were the enemy of mankind – Poverty, Disease, Homelessness, Ignorance and Unemployment. To end this, he created a model for the welfare state, selecting the moors between Aycliffe and Middridge as the start of the transformation. This is where Beveridge chose his flagship new town – Newton Aycliffe. He even came to live here and had a house at the top of Pease Way.