Well Northumberland is definitely worth a second visit.Due to weather and family commitments I only got three rides in but they were enjoyable despite the changeable weather!
The Coast road is about as busy as it gets(nowhere near as busy as roads in the Lakes/Peak etc) but the little back roads that run between the coast and the A1 are extremely quiet.I didn't get to ride much of the West side of the A1(but drove around there) but did cycle a stretch of the A1 itself
I have always associated Northumberland with the roads I've ridden on the Cumbrian border around Hartside Pass but to the East of the A1 it's more agricultural than it is in the National Park.
I had intended to ride to Holy Island but I got as far as the causeway and the traffic queuing put me off.The weather turned foul on the return so I got my head down and cycled a few miles down the A1 to get back to Bamburgh then Seahouses as quick as I could.TBH it wasn't that
bad as that stretch of the A1 is about as quiet as that road gets!
One thing that did throw me a bit was lack of village signs!I plot routes on a map the nights before then just follow my nose on rides keeping a mental note of villages to head for.Many of the smaller settlements don't have signs(or I didn't notice any!).No real issue as I took note of mileage on signs so still knew where I was....more or less....all part of the fun
The bike is filthy but that's part and parcel of riding on wet,rural roads
I think it's a County I would like to cycle more of........