Your Tour Options In Lakeland and The North
1: York To Durham
Via North York Moors
Route 1A on the map . . .
Route 1B on the map . . .
2: Durham To Edinburgh
Route 2 on the map . . .
3: Durham To Keswick via Hadrian’s Wall
Route 3 on the map . . .
4: Durham to Edinburgh via Hadrian’s Wall
Durham to Edinburgh via Alnwick
Routes 2 and 4A on the map . . .
Direct on the A68
Routes 2 and 4B on the map . . .
5: Keswick to Chester
Keswick to Chester Direct
Route 5 on the map . . .
Keswick to Chester via the Yorkshire Dales
Routes 5 and 6 on the map . . .
The touring notes for this region will take you from York in the south, across the North York Moors, through the Borders Country to Scotland, back to the landscape glories of the Lake District and finally south to Chester.
Northumbria was the birthplace of English Christianity and the northernmost limit of Roman occupation. Along the coast the road leads to the haunts of Grace Darling, St Cuthbert the bishop of Lindisfarne, Hadrian and the brutal forces that fought and died on the battlefields of Flodden.
On the broad sweep of the coastline here marauding Vikings and people of the Low Countries made their earliest landings, not always to the great joy of the locals.
Between York and Durham the suggested route is across the North York Moors National Park, where you will cross one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the world.
In AD122 Emperor Hadrian arrived in Britain and decreed that his legions should build a wall twixt them and the barbarians to the north.
Perhaps it was because the “barbarians” had a wee bit of an issue with a foreign occupying army. Either way, they constantly harried and fell upon the Roman encampments with serious intent. Despite that the occupiers fashioned an early version of the Berlin Wall with forts, mile castles and turrets hat stretched from one coast to the other.
And then there’s the Lake District, unarguably one of the most beautiful parts of the country, a country that is almost endlessly beautiful from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
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