Why move to... Tyne Valley
PUBLISHED: 13:19 08 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013
The Tyne Valley has been a favoured place of residence since prehistoric times.
The Tyne Valley has been a favoured place of residence since prehistoric times. There is evidence of a cluster of Stone Age settlements around Hexham and Corbridge and, in more recent history, the Roman emperor Hadrian chose to build his Wall along the northern skyline of the valley, affording his armies the shelter and opportunity to cultivate the fertile land in the lower parts of the valley, safe from both the marauding invaders and the chill wind that emanates from the north.
Little wonder, then, that the Tyne Valley remains a much sought-after location for those seeking quality living in a beautiful landscape and yet within easy striking distance of Newcastle and the towns of North Durham and South Northumberland.
Housing is generally of excellent quality and some of the finest homes in the North East are to be found within or overlooking the valley. And because demand for houses in fairly consistent, prices don't suffer the same level of fluctuation as might be encountered elsewhere, where considerably more properties are on the market and competition to find buyers is keener.
As typifies a largely rural community, the Tyne Valley offers a fairly safe environment for families and the elderly.
The A69 east-west trunk road is dual carriageway up to and beyond Hexham and most towns and villages along its route to Carlisle are now bypassed, so the Valley enjoys excellent communication road links with the A1, M6, Newcastle Airport and the main East Coast and West Coast railway services. The local train link between Newcastle and Carlisle also offers services throughout the Valley.
There is excellent local shopping, especially in Hexham and Corbridge, and Newcastle and the MetroCentre are less than 30 minutes away at off-peak times.
Things to do in Tyne Valley
Visit Hexham - The town lies by the A69 road that links Tyneside to Carlisle, and it was named England's Favourite Market Town by Country Life magazine in 2005, the judges appreciating its traditional values and thriving rural community. It is also home to England's first purpose-built prison.
Visit Hexham Abbey - Dating from 674AD, this fine Augustinian abbey is a popular draw. The current church, built in the early English Gothic style, dates from 1170-1250.
Visit Hadrian's Wall - Once the Roman Empire's most heavily-fortified border, the Wall remains an impressive landmark along substantial stretches of its route. The forts at Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Chesters and Housesteads are particularly worthy of a visit.
Visit Corbridge Chamber Music Festival - Taking place from August 5 to 7, the festival presents a stunning repertoire at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Corbridge.
Make a note of the Hexham Abbey and Free Festival, which takes place from September 23 to October 2. The annual music festival is not to be missed.