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Started by Eligelis on Aug 12, 2021 2:06:07 PM
Six days and seven nights in the Northern Pennines

I've got a week booked (Monday to Monday) in mid September in an AirB&B apartment in the Northern Pennines, just south of Alston.

There's a lot I want to do and see, to both the west (Lakes and Carlisle) and East Newcastle, Durham and Northumbrian wilds, and only 6 days to do it in.

I was thinking 2 days each for the east and west, one for the local area and the wall, and one "slightly" calmer day looking around the immediate area.

Can anyone suggest particular places that can be taken in as part of days out in these areas?

I'm looking to include Lindisfarne in one of the NE days, and the Lakes (in general) will be the focus of one of the westerly days, and am open to further suggestions.

Personally I wish I had at least another few days, but it is what it is.

ReverendBlueJeans - 12 Aug 2021 14:37:24 (#1 of 17)

The Lakes deserve several days but the Ullswater boats are handy from where you are. If you're into walking, though, where you are is a great place to start, no travelling and with 1500ft + of a start.

You'll know, of course, of the wee railway from ALston. There's a terrific pub restaurant at Melmerby. For a wet day, consider Carlisle - Tullie House is a fantastic museum and the Cathedral is well worth a visit.

Then there's Hadrian's Wall. Housesteads and Birdoswald are great, and Lanercost Priory is fab, too. So schedule a 'north' day...

Wildcard - wee village of Wetheral, first stop on the train from Carlisle on Newcastle line. Station picturesque and partly listed, walk from there across the amazing Eden viaduct. There are National Trust woods leading down to the river where you see across to the monumental gardens of Corby Castle and its caves. There's an English Heritage priory gateway, a village green, red squirrels. If I'm based in Carlisle I always hop on a train and spend a couple of hours there.

TommyDGNR8 - 12 Aug 2021 14:40:44 (#2 of 17)

Lindisfarne is, quite frankly, more trouble than it's worth but, if you're set on it, check the tide times well in advance to figure out when in your trip it will best fit in, and allow penty time to actually get there - those roads can be slooooow.

While you're in that corner, allow a few hours to visit Barter Books at Alnwick.

DesEsseintes - 12 Aug 2021 14:42:13 (#3 of 17)

Alston to Lindisfarne sounds like a long way to me but if you like driving.

Eligelis - 12 Aug 2021 14:43:35 (#4 of 17)

Cheers Padre. I was aware of the railway, and definitely planned a trip - Similarly with Carlisle

The "North day" idea sounds splendid, I'll look those places up.

I haven't forgotten that you once - so very very long ago on GuT - challenged me to spent a night or two camping on Rannock Moor...

Eligelis - 12 Aug 2021 14:45:58 (#5 of 17)

Tommy and Des: I' suspect that you're right: it is a long way to Lindisfarne and Alnwick, but I'm thinking if I combine them with a drive around the countryside itself, I could have a full day of seeing completely new places.

Admittedly, all very briefly.

Zugunruhe1 - 12 Aug 2021 14:55:30 (#6 of 17)

Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick. After, you can pop into the town for lunch or have a walk round the lake (Derwentwater).

staticgirl - 12 Aug 2021 14:58:30 (#7 of 17)

This whole holiday sounds like my idea of heaven. It's like a taster menu for future holidays too.

Eligelis - 12 Aug 2021 15:26:00 (#8 of 17)

the apartment I have is a converted suite of Sunday school rooms from an ex-Wesleyan Chapel; with only a few other buildings around. five minutes walk to the south are the banks of south Tyne, and the Pennine way.

Whilst I'm there I'll be having some peace and quiet as well.

DesEsseintes - 12 Aug 2021 15:56:40 (#9 of 17)

The Sunday School rooms in the Wesleyan Reform Chapel where my dad grew up were massive.

Lake District is always busy - unless you really want to go to Windermere stick to the north maybe.

ReverendBlueJeans - 12 Aug 2021 16:02:50 (#10 of 17)

While you're in that corner, allow a few hours to visit Barter Books at Alnwick.


Eligelis - 12 Aug 2021 16:19:44 (#11 of 17)

There was - back in the 80s a second hand boookshop in the Pannier Market attached to the Eldon Centre in Newcastle. I attribute my long-time passion for historic maps to a visit and purchases made there in my very early 20s.

I'm not entirely sure the marketplace itself is still there, but I'd love it if it was.

Eligelis - 12 Aug 2021 16:45:12 (#12 of 17)

Dessess, that's a good point about the Lakes, thanks. I may combine a tour of the northern area with a trip around via Penrith and Carlisle (Although that seems a massively packed day).

FGBFGB - 12 Aug 2021 16:55:57 (#13 of 17)

The 18th century planned village at Lowther - like Bath, if Bath were a hamlet. The strange arts and crafts church at Wreay*. The Anglian cross at Bewcastle, in the wild north of Cumberland. Stalwarts Pele, overlooking the Allen Gorge south of Haydon Bridge. The Anglo Saxon crypt chambers at Hexham Abbey, built with stone from the Roman Wall. The Golden Lion at Allendale Town.

  • nb there are two Wreays in Cumbria, with different pronunciations. This one is near Penrith.

Dubris - 12 Aug 2021 17:30:10 (#14 of 17)

I was just about to mention Lowther Castle, which might catch Eli's imagination in the way it did mine:

FGBFGB - 13 Aug 2021 21:57:01 (#15 of 17)

The church is in the Wreay near Carlisle, not the Penrith one.

Eligelis - 14 Sep 2021 15:38:14 (#16 of 17)

I arrived yesterday at my Airbnb, and after spending a lazy morning, am currently in hexham.

Tomorrow I'm off to view the lakes, if not too rainy, or Carlisle if it is.

JohnIlly - 14 Sep 2021 15:44:18 (#17 of 17)

The weather's looking good for tomorrow.

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