Edinburgh to Hexham & Surrounds
Edinburgh to Hexham & Surrounds
Edinburgh to Hexham, Blanchland Moor, Edmundbyers, Alston and Penrith
Combining some of the finest roads in northern England, stunning scenery and several of the finest pubs you'll find anywhere in the world, this is a roadtrip you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Pick up your Wicked Camper from our depot in Edinburgh and cruise south down the A68 towards Hexham. Stop in at the infamous Jedburgh Abbey on your way down and soak up some Scottish history before crossing the border into glorious England.
Starting in historic Hexham
If you’ve never spent time in Hexham before, then the history behind this town will blow your mind man! Originally built around a Benedictine monastery, established by St Winifred in the seventh century, the wealth of the foundation inevitably caused an unwanted invitation to the Vikings in the ninth century. I won’t go into this too much…shit went down.
Hexham enjoys a buzzing arts and cultural scene, just take a stroll around the town’s many galleries and see it for yourself. Catch a performace at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, a magnificent Victorian building facing Hexham Abbey - attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama and dance.
Just around the corner lies Hadrian’s Wall, a spectacular world heritage site you’d be silly to miss. Take the road north to Chollerford, then west along B6318, the Military Road. If you want to walk the wall, it’s recommended to try the section near Once Brewed. Don’t forget your camera!
Head down South to Blanchland Moor
Cruise on back to Hexham and head south on the B6306, taking you through Slaley Forest and towards Blanchland Moor. The tiny village of Blanchland has a ton of history and is best explored over a day or two. A visit to the Lord Crewe Arms, a 13th century former monastery guest house is highly recommended.
Surrounded by magnificent fells, Blanchland straddles the Northumberland and Durham border in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Continue further south beyond Blanchland and discover the Derwent Reservoir. Another recommended pub to check out is the Manor House Inn, a pub renowned for serving some of the best food in north-eastern England. Turn left on to the B6278 at Edmundbyers and it’ll lead you right to the Manor, go and sink a few cold ones ya bastards.
Discover more pubs on your way south through Edmundbyers
The pubs don’t stop here baby. Discover two awesome watering holes further down South. Turn right at the T-junction in Edmundbyers and enjoy the amazing drive on the B6278 over Muggleswick Common to Stanhope. Plenty of awesome photo ops along here!
At Stanhope, turn right on to the A689 through Weardale, and after about 10 miles continue onto the B6295. From here you’ll discover Allenheads, an idyllic village where one of the most eccentric pubs in England lies - the Allenheads Inn.
Continue north on the B6295 along East Allen Dale and into Allendale Town. Here, you’ll find The King’s Head, another pub worthy of a good knees up. Head back north on the B6295 towards Langley and the junction with the B6305. From here it’s a short run north on the B6295 towards Langley and the junction with the B6305, take a left back to the A689 and descend towards Alston.
Explore scenic Alston
High up in the North Pennines, Alston claims to be the highest market settlement in England. A remote village and can only be reached over a broad Pennine landscape, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Set on the upper reaches of the River South Tyne, Alston is a picturesque village lying within the Eden district of Cumbria.
The town itself rests in the South Tyne Valley and with its pretty cobbled streets and ancient buildings meandering from the town centre, there is something interesting to see at every turn. Look out for the narrow gauge railway found at the old Station. Or check out the restored water wheel in the town centre. There's heaps to do in this fascinating little town! The Roman road known as the Maiden Way passes near the Town on its way to Whitley Castle. A mile or so to the north, a Roman fort of which the elaborate defensive ditches are still visible.
With plenty of shops, art galleries, cafes and tea rooms, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Alston down to Langwathby and Penrith
Named as ‘one of the greatest drives in Britain’ - the A686 runs from Penrith, through Alston and up onto the A69, just after the Haydon Bridge. Take your sexy little Wicked Camper to Langwathby, crossing a legendary bridge that’s been around for 30+ years! The drive to the delightful village of Langwathby is said to be one of the ten most scenic roads in the world.
Finish your trip in the awesome town of Penrith. A distinctive red sandstone town, with popular markets and abundance of specialist, family run shops and more. Penrith is also famous for its Toffee Shop, allegedly the best fudge in England. FFS I want some fudge.
Time permitting, I recommend a visit to the ruins of Penrith Castle, which dates all the way back to the 14th century. Looking for places to eat? Penrith has an awesome range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and teashops, complete with Rheged – Europe’s largest underground building.
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