Positioned on top of a hill overlooking the A1, she stands a proud 66 feet tall, welcoming people in to Gateshead. Having never seen her before, she was one of the first things I wanted to visit when I started journeying to the North East and it has to be said I truly love her, she gives me goose bumps.
Gateshead Council commissioned the Angel back in the 90s and wanted her to be a landmark for the region. As you can imagine when the plans were first revealed there was quite a bit of opposition but I think the locals have changed their minds now and have grown to love her.
The Angel arrived overnight by police escort in February 1998. She cost £800,000 and was assembled at the site by a 500 tonne crane. She took all day to go up and I bet it was quite a sight.
Her wingspan is the same size as a jumbo jet, she is the same height as four double decker buses and weighs 208 tonnes (you really wouldn't want her to accidentally stand on your foot!).
It's always been my intention to pick a Summer's day to attempt a walk from our flat to visit the Angel. Our previous trips to see her have involved getting the number 21 Angel bus from Gateshead or popping to see her in a car hire (you can see some beautiful sunset photos from our last visit to see her here).
A few weekends ago the forecast promised a dry, warm and sunny Saturday so it seemed the perfect time to do the 4 mile walk past Saltwell Park, through Low Fell and onto the Angel.
Unfortunately, I place far too much trust in the BBC Weather and we were met with high winds, cloudy skies and a few rain showers that had us sheltering in bus stops. We made it though, with slightly achy legs that were soon forgotten about as soon as the Angel came in to sight.
Eventually the clouds vanished and we got some clear skies and sunshine to take a few photographs. It was lovely to get out for a nice walk and a great cheap way to spend an enjoyable afternoon.
If you are ever travelling somewhere via the North East make sure you stop to say hello to the Angel, she needs to be seen to be believed.