A braw day at Kielder
Programme for the Northumberland Raid (150 miles)
This trip is a full day tour crossing the Border into Northumberland and giving us panoramic hilltop views of the Borders and North Northumberland, passing the vigorously defended Debatable Lands and Border Marches, scenes of bloody clan warfare.
Starting from Melrosel we head to Selkirk, and on to Hawick, the largest town in the Borders, famous for its woollen and cashmere products. Hawick is also the home of the museums to the memories of the late Steve Hislop and Jimmie Guthrie, two famous motorcyclists.
We continue our Journey now heading for Kielder. At the time of construction in the early 1980s, Kielder Water was the largest manmade body of water in Europe. The surrounding forestation was, at the time of planting, the largest manmade commercial forest in Europe.
Back again on the twisty unclassified road, we follow the River North Tyne and on to Otterburn. On the right we pass the army training camps on the moor and shortly on the left we pass Catcleuch Reservoir, and more commercial forest . The next point of interest is Carter Bar and the border between England and Scotland. This is a must-see view to the north - the whole of the Scottish Borders is spread out before you. Magnificent photo opportunity!
Back on the road again we continue north to Jedburgh, If time permits, a stop could be made at Jedburgh for a browse and refreshments. Shortly after leaving Jedburgh, we head for Kelso, then St Boswells, and back to our accommodation.
One of our German/Belgian groups at the Northumberland border to Scotland
General Information :
:The theme of all our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.
It should be noted that it is Tom's policy to avoid riding on motorways so please do not expect any! However, there are occasions when we have to be at a particular location at a specific time and therefore the planned route may be altered accordingly.
"The Northumberland Raid" can be incorporated/merged with any of our other day tours.
Prices: For individual or joint tours are available on enquiry; accommodation options and costs can also be made available on request, if required.
Dinning out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine and when at all possible we like to dine with the hole group.
Bike hire: For information on bike/equipment hire and our vehicle support service please refer to our webpage Bike and equipment hire etc.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.