Tynedale is an area in south-west Northumberland, England. The district had a resident population of 58,808. Its main towns were Hexham, Haltwhistle and Prudhoe. The district contained part of Hadrian’s wall and the southern part of Northumberland National park.
The Tyne Valley Line, originally constructed by the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, is a railway line located in the North of England. The 58-mile (93 km) line was built in the 1830s, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with Carlisle. Along with the natural Dip in the Valley along the Tyne Valley line that naturally runs along side the River Tyne this is what gives the area between Newcastle upon Tyne and Hexham Town the name of ‘Tyne Valley’.
The name “Tynedale”, which predates the formation of the council, is still widely used for the Tyne Valley area of Northumberland. Famous as the home of historic Hadrian’s Wall, the beautiful Tyne Valley is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, but visitors will also find plenty to see and do in its attractive villages and market towns such as Hexham, Corbridge and Prudhoe. Famous for its breathtaking scenery, it is also home to some famous historic sites, not least Hadrian’s Wall.
WHERE TO WALK – The Tyne Valley is just begging to be explored on foot. Over green fields and through pretty villages, it’s a rambler’s dream. Allen Banks is a popular choice – why not head to Morralee Woods, or go via the tarn to Plankey Mill and into impressive Staward Gorge? Don’t forget to pack a picnic, as the scenery is worth savouring. For a short stroll, take the route from Greenhead to Thirlwall Castle. Now a ruin, this 12th century castle is a Grade I-listed building and also holds Scheduled Ancient Monument status. With a little more exertion, but with the reward of fantastic views, you can start out at Steel Rigg car park and walk up Peel Crags, past Crag Lough – formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. If you’re feeling really, really energetic, there is a Hadrian’s Wall walking route which goes all the way from Newcastle to Cumbria. At a distance of around 85 miles, it’s not for the faint hearted.
THINGS TO DO – The Sill is how the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed is better known. As well as a stunning viewing platform, from which you can see far and wide in all directions, it is also home to exhibitions, café and shop – specialising in local crafts and produce. If you fancy a real country day out, make a date for the Northumberland County Show. It’s takes place at the end of May at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, with a host of events from livestock shows to Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Hexham Regatta in June offers a leisurely day out – watching the crews glide along the River Tyne.