Woodtourer wrote:The Newcastle closest to where the ferry comes in from The Netherlands.
Ah, the only toon known as nooocasle.
I've done Newcastle / London a number of times, though only to Heathrow once.
Staying east of the main North / South motorway (A1) is the quickest advice. Put simply, the land to the east tends to be less affected by industry, from the 17th century to the current day, c/w lower population levels, quieter roads and any number of superb villages, towns and landscapes to pass through. While I rarely plan a route, heading south via Durham, York, Lincoln, Stamford / Cambridge ensures a decent ride.
Obviously areas to the west are worth it, if you've the time! Areas to the west of the A1 in County Durham are less affected by post industrial coal mining / chemical works, c/w higher aesthetic landscape values. And west of the A1 in North Yorkshire brings the Dales, hard work, but worth seeing if you've the time (NB. Or at least skirt around the eastern edge I.e.via Richmond, Leyburn et al).
Worth bearing in mind the train lines which can be used to jump over the final urban conurbations[/quote.
You sure do make it sound a bit grim up North.I am 55 born and bred in Durham..99% of pits shut 50 years ago..You would be very hard pressed to find a pit heap...post industrial coal mining...Sounds clever but in reality means nothing..The Durham dales are very picturesque..Durham Cathedral is one of the finest,,anywhere in the world.Chemical works?..Only on Teesside....From the 17th century to present day???..