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North East England

16th - 29th May

 

The second leg of the Relay brings us to North East England, incorporating the counties of Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland and the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Durham. But not only is the region home to some vibrant and modern cities, it also includes a large array of historical attractions, World Heritage sites and miles of beautiful countryside with dramatic landscapes.

The North East region is famous for the iconic and historical Hadrians Wall with it's 84 mile long National Trail "The Hadrian’s Wall Path"  stretching coast to coast from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast in Cumbria.

 

Walking and riding opportunities in the region are in abundance with riding trails such as the England Coast Path in addition to Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, vast expanses of sandy beaches or the wild and rugged scenery of the North Pennines.

There is also fantastic riding at Kielder Water and Forest Park where you can literally take your horse to water and explore 27 miles of shoreline on horseback or if you prefer a meandering trek there are a number of options with the Till ValleyUpper Coquetdale or Wild Redesdale.

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Useful local information

Visit North East England - official tourism website  www.visitnortheastengland.com

This is Durham - tourism website  www.thisisdurham.com

Visit Northumberland - tourism website  www.visitnorthumberland.com

Explore the Northumberland Coast  www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org

England Coast Path on www.nationaltrail.co.uk

Northumberland National Park www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

Kielder Water and Forest Park www.visitkielder.com

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More information and some fun facts

Many people lucky enough to live in North East England will be able to confidently attest that this little corner of England is packed with exciting and often nationally renowned attractions. Just think of the Tyne Bridge, Durham Cathedral and the Angel of the North…However, you need to take a closer look – here are some surprising, fun facts about the region.  

 

  • The story of Butch Cassidy has Geordie roots: One of the most iconic outlaws of American history, Butch Cassidy, robbed left, right and centre until his death in November 1908, when he is thought to have been scuppered in a police shootout. However, you might not have been aware of his family’s Newcastle link. Cassidy’s mother was actually born within the city’s boundaries – in Brandling Village, Jesmond, to be exact!

  • Mustard was invented in Durham: The beautiful city of Durham, the jewel in County Durham’s crown, doesn’t just “cut the mustard” – it practically invented modern English mustard. At a Sadler Street mill, a woman known today as “Mrs Clements” was basically responsible for the recipe, which involved grinding mustard seeds like flour, resulting in a food which soon won King George I’s Royal approval. A mustard business eventually bought by Colman’s was born.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was once a North East resident

  • Liam Neeson trained to be a teacher in Newcastle

  • The Angel of the North is as deep as it is high. It’s 20m high, sits on an underground plinth 5.3m tall which sits on a huge concrete slab which in turn sits on concrete piles weighing 150 tonnes. These anchor the Angel to rock 20m underground.

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Local events and rides during the Relay

Please note, the below rides are not organised by Horses4Health and are just a selection of events on in the area.

Sunday 2nd May 2021 - Hurworth Peasure Ride, Sockburn Farm DL2 1PH

More information and booking on www.horsevents.co.uk

Sunday 16th May 2021 - North Tyne Hunt Pleasure Ride, Bellingham NE48 2JZ

More information and booking on www.horse-events.co.uk

Sunday 23rd May 2021 - St Gregory's Ride, Near Millfield, Wooler NE71

More information and booking on www.cvnnh.org.uk

Monday 31st May 2021 - BDH Jorrocks Jolly, Shotley Estate DH8 9TL

More information and booking on www.horse-events.co.uk

Please keep checking this page for more information of our own organised rides and routes in the area.

Local riding routes

See below for some riding routes in the local area. Click on the images to open up a PDF with more information about the route.

North Pennines - Alston Route

18 miles / 29km

North Pennines - Baldersdale Route

11 miles / 18km

North Pennines - Hamsterley Route

16 miles / 26km

North Pennines - Blanchland Route

13 miles / 21km

North Pennines - Hartside Route

7 miles / 11km

Hurworth Burn to Station Town Railway Path

1.8 miles / 2.9km

Derwent Walk Railway Path

12 miles / 19km

Brandon to Bishop Aukland Railway Path

9 miles / 14.5km

Aukland Way Railway Path

4.3 miles / 7km