One Hour From: Newcastle

From Vindolanda to vindaloo

Follow in the footsteps of the legions and lose yourself in the hills.

Follow in the footsteps of the legions and lose yourself in the hills.

Hadrian's Wall

Built by the Romans in AD122, Hadrian's Wall strides proudly across the Northumberland landscape. The forts at Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda have spectacular remains of garrisons where thousands of Roman soldiers defended the northern frontier of their empire. Don't miss the Roman Army Museum.

By car: A69, then B6318; journey time approx 45 mins. By train: Carlisle line to Hexham, then Hadrian's Wall bus service; approx one hour.

Kielder Water and Forest

Since the 1920s, Kielder's massive man-made forest has cloaked the lonely North Tyne Hills. Now it also hides Kielder Water, the UK's largest man-made lake. Explore the lake by ferry, the forest on foot or by mountain bike on one of the many trails. Deep in the forest are many artworks, including James Turrell's acclaimed Skyspace.

By car: A69 to Hexham then A6079 and B6320 to Bellingham and follow signs; approx one hour.

The North Pennines

Known as England's last wilderness, this vast area is full of beautiful valleys such as Allendale, South Tynedale and Weardale. Or simply go for a scenic ride along the A686, which has to be one of the world's greatest drives.

By car: take the A69 to the valley of your choice; approx 45 mins.

Hexham

The skyline of historic Hexham, founded in the seventh century, is dominated by the medieval towers of the Abbey and the 14th-century Moot Hall. Nearby, the Old Gaol, built in 1332, houses the Border History Museum, which tells of the strife between the Border Reivers of England and Scotland, who ruled in the area until the end of the 16th century

By car: A69 and follow signs; approx 30 mins. By train: hourly service; approx 45 mins.

Corbridge

Corbridge was where the legionnaires went for a big night out. Today's village, just east of the Roman town, features many period buildings, including the Vicar's Pele, a fortified tower-house dating from the 14th century and the church of St Andrew. Have a curry at The Valley, a renowned Indian restaurant in the Old Station House, which runs special "Passage to India" curry trains from Newcastle.

By car: A69 and follow signs; approx 30 mins. By train: hourly service; approx 45 mins.

Northumberland National Park

Some say there is nothing there and that is why they like it. England's least populated area includes the best parts of Hadrian's Wall, miles of walks and castles and fortifications galore, not to mention a wide range of landscapes leading to the Cheviot Hills. The Once Brewed Visitor Centre, which takes its name from the nearby Twice Brewed Inn, tells you all you need know. If you are lucky you might spot a wild goat.

By car: A69 or A696; approx one hour.

Malmaison Hotel Newcastle (0191-245 5000: www.malmaison.com) offers rooms from £79 at weekends. GNER trains (08457 225 225; www.gner.co.uk) offers returns from London from £33. Europcar (0870 607 5000; www.europcar.co.uk) offers weekend car hire from £68. Further information from Hexham Tourist Information Centre (01434 652220). Or call Hadrian's Wall Country 24-hour brochure hotline (01434 652364).

Voices
Ed Miliband and David Cameron are neck and neck in the polls
election 2015Armando Iannucci: on how British politics is broken
News
i100
Life and Style
Great minds like Einstein don't think alike
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Life and Style
A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
health
News
science
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
News
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
artWhy Sarah Lucas is the perfect choice to represent British art at the Venice Biennale
News
A voter placing a ballot paper in the box at a polling station
i100
News
people
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

    £27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Supervisor

    £24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
    Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

    Flesh in Venice

    Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
    Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

    Juventus vs Real Madrid

    Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
    Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

    Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

    Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power