Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Countryside of North Pennines & Hadrian's Wall
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 6½ Hours
Board your coach for a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines.
At Heddon-on-the-Wall, you will have an opportunity to see a well-preserved stretch of Hadrian's Wall, built by the Romans to protect the northern limits of their empire from attack by the Celts.
Continue west along the A-69 highway before turning south onto the scenic A-68. Travel across Muggleswick Common, with views to your right of Bolt's Law. Stop at the Stanhope Dales Centre for shopping at the little craft shops. Visit the Information Center here or perhaps enjoy a cup of tea in the Tea Shop (at your own expense).
The drive will now take you west across the Pennines, through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as England's Last Wilderness. Here, the air is pure and clear and you will take in wonderful views over the high Pennines in a totally unspoiled rural area. Wildflowers are everywhere, including wild pansies and the rare grass of Parnassus. Watch for the impressive peak of Burnhope Seat to the south.
At the village of Alston -- the highest market town in England -- the steep cobblestone streets provide excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
A journey north takes you out of Pennines country, and winds through the breathtaking scenery of ancient buildings, tiny villages and thriving market towns. From Haydon Bridge, you will turn east to begin the drive back to Newcastle, making a short detour through the ancient Roman town of Corbridge before heading back to the ship.