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Tynedale

The River Tyne is created by the confluence of the Rivers North and South Tyne, both substantial rivers themselves, to the west of Hexham. The area I am defining as Tynedale is directly north and south of the River Tyne between Hexham and the boundary with Tyne and Wear and as far north as Hadrian’s Wall and south to the County Durham boundary. It is principally an area of farmland and forestation with the historic town of Hexham as the administrative centre.

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The River Tyne is generally a wide and shallow river and noted as the best salmon river in England and Wales. It is a beautiful rural river with Hexham, Corbridge and Prudhoe / Ovingham the main towns on its banks. All three communities feature prominently in local history. The Norman Prudhoe Castle is perched strategically above a one time major ford across the River Tyne. It has an Elizabethan Manor House built within its walls for protection – the English / Scottish borderlands were a very violent place for centuries with the Border Rievers.

The attractive community of Corbridge on the north bank of the River Tyne was once the Roman Station of Coria with interesting Roman remains and a museum. Hexham, a lovely small town with abundant parks, can boast the first purpose built gaol in England and an Abbey with a Saxon Crypt dating back to AD674. To the south of Hexham rolling farmland and forestation eventually rises into heather covered moors and the small, historic village of Blanchland, the only listed village in England. It is well worth a visit.

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