Saturday, 28 May 2022

The Tyne valley - quite lovely

The river Tyne surfaces in the Northumbrian hills and makes its way to the North Sea via Tynemouth where we hopefully will be tomorrow afternoon. Much of today was following the river as it got wider and wider and we were on quiet lanes and towards the end a lovely Sustrans Tyne valley park cycle way to our final night in a lovely hotel in Ryton. 

This morning we set off at a very leisurely pace as we had an easy day miles and climb wise. Corbridge is a very nice town, obviously well to do. We cycled around it and got a coffee and a picnic for later in a very nice coffee shop. We then just sat and watched the world go by. 

Harvesting the Tyne - Professional style.

Sustrans Route 72 ( Hadrians Wall ) is very well planned to keep the cyclist off the main routes and it picks its way down some lovely lanes heading towards Newcastle. Following the river it also stays quite flat which is a good thing for our legs.

We came into Prudhoe and noticed the castle. We crossed the Tyne again and had our picnic before climbing a steep hill to visit the English Heritage Prudhoe castle.

Then a lovely ride along the river path to our final hotel for the evening. We passed George Stevensons birthplace that is a National Trust property which is sadly closed at the moment. It does look like someone is living there however ! 

Finished the evening off with a nice meal and entertainment from a singer in the restaurant who was quite entertaining.

Tomorrow we cycle to the North sea …..

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