Northeast England includes parts of Yorkshire and the city of Newcastle. But most of the area is rural, quiet, cold and windy! Sitting on the same latitude as Scandinavia (you can visit Denmark, Sweden or Norway via a 24-hour boat trip), you’ll need a thick organic cotton jumper. But low temperatures are made up by warmth of the people. The high population of red squirrels and pine trees here proves grey squirrels are not to blame (it’s due to cutting down native trees).
- County Durham is one of England’s smallest and quietest counties. Just like Rome, it’s built on 7 hills, and not far from Newcastle. Enjoy Durham University, a beautiful cathedral and many indie shops.
- Lincolnshire is on the northeast coastline, with one of the best expanses of sandy shores in England. At breeding time, you’ll find thousands of seals in these parts (leave them alone, and keep dogs safely away). As one of the few counties without a motorway, local shops thrive as there are lorries to thunder down from supermarket warehouses.
- Northumberland is ideal if you like quiet, cold, sandy beaches and sheep! Discover The Holy Island Of Lindisfarne (check the tide times, or your car could be washed away) and The Farne Islands (home to thousands of puffins and seals). Or take a walk on a deserted beach, overlooked by a castle. Berwick is England’s most northerly town.
- Tyne & Wear is home to Gateshead & Newcastle, linked by 7 bridges and overlooked by the ‘Angel of the North’. Newcastle is known for its culture and political knowledge. It’s a short hop to quieter counties.
- Yorkshire is a vast county that stretches east and west of England. You can take Wainright’s Coast-to-Coast Walk, which starts in St Bee’s (Cheshire) and ends when you paddle your toes in Robin Hood’s Bay, on East Yorkshire’ coast. Most major cities are in the west (Sheffield & Leeds being two major ones). York is more towards North Yorkshire.