We meet at Darlington Station at lunchtime and immediately head off, via a couple of interesting diversions, to Hartlepool. Here we are going to visit the Historic Dockyard with it’s period shops, exhibitions and the opportunity to board the Trincomalee to see what life was like aboard a frigate from 1812.
Heading west our day begins with a natural delight as we pause at High Force - perhaps England’s most famous waterfall. On then to the highest market town in the land, Alston, and a ride on the South Tynedale Railway to Slaggyford and back. Time we got some heritage and history in, so we will call in to view Hadrian’s Wall before catching a train back to Newcastle on the Carlisle line, one of the loveliest and remotest lines in England - a splendid, circular, northern day out!
One of the most well-known and prestigious steam railways in the UK is the North Yorkshire Moors running for 28,968 metres between Pickering and Whitby. A flexible itinerary provides the chance to visit Grosmont and “Heartbeat’s” Goathland as well. We also use local rail on the Esk Valley Line and “bounce” to the beach at Victorian Saltburn on the cliff railway.
We are staying local today. On the city outskirts we can find steam at the Stephenson Railway Museum with a trip to Percy Main and further afield there is the industrial heritage of the Tanfield Railway. We are going to combine these with trips on the Metro, a visit to the most amazing Metro Station there is, the Tyne Ferry, and the Angel of the North. What a day and all very, very local.
We start the day with the stunning coastal rail journey to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. From here it’s inland we head to Heatherslaw and a ride on the light railway to Etal Castle. Another castle (in rather better nick!) follows as we visit the iconic Bamburgh Castle perched on the cliffs - railway interest here too! Our last visit of the day is to the emerging Aln Valley Railway at Alnwick before we drive back south to the hotel.
Have we saved the best for last? Quite possibly. We are off to Beamish and arrive at opening time to make the best use of the time available in order to ride the trams, trolleybuses and trains. This is the best “open air” museum in the country and you will love the recreated village with its period shops, school, mine and farm. All too soon we will have to transfer to Durham Station for homeward bound trains commencing early afternoon.
A traditional station hotel with high ceilings, chandeliers, comfortable rooms and, of course, directly opposite the station. Despite the high quality of this hotel It is it’s location that really lends itself to our particular brand of touring allowing us to start, or finish, each day by rail. Newcastle is vibrant, friendly and full of history - come see for yourself.