Join us on a captivating tour through the Tyne Valley and Catherine Cookson Country, with modern cities and a Roman view of life along Hadrian’s Wall.
Day 1 We travel north making suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 This morning, you have free time to explore South Shields, Catherine Cookson's hometown. Later on in the day, we drive along the coastal road, passing Marsden Bay, Whitburn, and Seaburn. Then, we head inland to Durham, an ancient city boasting a UNESCO-listed Norman Cathedral and Castle overlooking the River Wear.
Day 3 Today, we travel inland, passing through Jarrow, Hebburn, Blaydon and Prudhoe, on our way to Hexham, renowned for its historic abbey, to meet our local guide. There will be time to get some lunch before we follow the path of Hadrian's Wall to Roman Vindolanda Fort and Museum, for some fascinating historical insights.
Day 4 Going through the Tyne Tunnel, we reach the charming coastal town of Tynemouth, where you have the opportunity for a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. We spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant city of Newcastle. In the centre, Roman, medieval, Jacobean, Georgian and Victorian buildings sit comfortably alongside colourful Chinatown and the modern city.
Day 5 After breakfast we travel home.
Our three-star hotel is uniquely situated in South Shields at the gateway of the River Tyne. There is a conservatory-style restaurant with superb views of the busy Tyne and Little Haven beach. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.