With the World Heritage Sites, Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty close by, and a wealth of other great places to visit and experience, there are so many reasons to Explore the North by train.
We are asking our volunteers to give us ideas for you to explore and enjoy the area.
Allan is our volunteer Infrastructure Director, who has an enthusiastic artist always looking for something new to sketch. Here are two of his ideas for exploring the area:
Peter is the latest Director to be appointed to our Board and has a couple of suggestions for you to experience, both involving a coffee and a delicious cake:
- Take the train to Riding Mill. As the name suggests the Station Coffee House is just a few steps away. It has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere as one reviewer on Tripadvisor reported. He likes the outside cabins where you will enjoy coffee and delicious scones.
- Or if you fancy a walk before your coffee, take the train to Wylam and then walk to Hedley’s Riverside Coffee Shop in the Tyne Riverside Country Park (near Newburn). Another gem in Peter's opinion.
- A choice of walks - you can walk east to Newburn Bridge via the White House or you can go north towards the Wylam end of the Tyne Riverside Country Park you then have a choice of going east to Newburn approx 3 miles passing George Stephenson birthplace or going West to Prudhoe walking over the Iron Bridge. My preference would be to go east and stop off at the Hedley's.
Colin, one of the Director's who lives locally, suggests you travel by rail to Bardon Mill as it is a good place to start a walk in Hadrian's Wall Country.
Hadrian's Wall is 2.5 miles away through outstanding terrain. You can call at the internationally renowned Vindolanda Roman site on your way to the Wall. Our leaflet showing details of the walk can be found here.
Housteads Roman fort is nearby as is the National Trust's Allen Banks site.
The Village Coffee Shop and Bowes Hotel are worthy of a visit either as you start your walk or on your return, both being close to the railway station.
With vibrant, yet contrasting cities at each end of the Tyne Valley Railway, there are lots of opportunities to experience city-life and its culture.
Carlisle is one of the smaller cities in the country and it offers lots to do and see within easy walking distance of the railway station.
Markets and events are held in the pedestrianised city centre and within a short walk you can visit :
Carlisle Castle and the
There are some lovely parks and open spaces to keep the children amused or for a stroll by the River Eden and regular meetings are held at Carlisle Racecourse.
Newcastle and Gateshead
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