Your Northern Road Trip Checklist

Posted 29 Jul 15, written by Amanda Lambert

Summer is in full swing and if you’re on the hunt for a Northern adventure to remember, we’ve got just the line-up. Road trips put travellers at the helm of their holidays - and from planning your trip to finding the perfect pit stops, you are in control. Whether it’s a tranquil trip to Northumberland or you’re headed for the buzzing city of Newcastle, we’ve got the ultimate Northern road trip checklist to make sure your journey goes to plan.
 
From exploring to eating, sightseeing to self-catering, Northumberland has you covered. And if you’re on the hunt for a livelier way to spend your evenings, then exciting Newcastle has everything you’re looking for.
 
So whether it’s a quiet cruise through the countryside or an action-packed adventure by the coast, this lineup will inspire you every step of the way.
 

Planning

From remembering to pack the essentials to choosing reliable breakdown cover, the more prepared you are when planning your road trip adventure, the better. Whether it’s avoiding heavy traffic or helping you stay safe on the roads, we’ve got some apps that you’ll definitely want to download. 

INRIX

When it comes to travelling, there’s nothing us Brits hate more than traffic jams. Hours spent in humid, stuffy cars can really dampen your holiday spirit - and if you’re travelling with children and dogs, it can be the ultimate nightmare. INRIX have created a handy travel app with you in mind - specifically designed to keep you calm on the roads. With real-time traffic information updated every minute, INRIX are committed to helping you avoid congestion, accidents and road works - to make your time spent travelling as stress-free as possible.

HUDWAY

Available to smartphone users, the HUDWAY app is the best in the business when it comes to navigation systems. From assistance during poor weather conditions to keeping drivers focused, the HUDWAY app is the perfect travelling companion. The HUDWAY Glass uses a curved lens to project a Head-Up Display - designed to keep the driver’s attention on the road ahead at all times. Coupled with the HUDWAY Glass, the HUDWAY app provides assistance along every step of your journey - keeping you safe and focused, wherever your road trip leads you. So before you fill up your tank, purchase this clever piece of tech and download the app!
 

Sightseeing

Whether you’re on the hunt for excitement or in need of a relaxing break, Britain has a whole host of country and coastal hotspots which are ripe for the exploring - and the North East of England is teeming with activities and adventures for the whole family. From a trip to Bamburgh Castle to a tour of the Northumberland Cheese Company, the region is brimming with any number of weird and wonderful attractions - and you won’t want to miss these three off your checklist:

Hadrian’s Wall

The stunning region of Northumberland is one of Britain’s best kept secrets - and whether it’s a layby on your road trip route or a pre-planned day out, a visit to Hadrian’s Wall is a must. If one day in the region isn’t enough and you’re looking to extend your stay in one of the local holiday cottages, Northumberland has any number of homely accommodation options to suit all the family - including the dog!

Alnwick Castle

From its appearance on the big screen in the famous Harry Potter franchise to playing home to the Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is one of England’s most impressive historical sites. Whether you spend the day immersed in the rich history of the historical grounds or try your hand at mastering a broomstick, there’s a spectrum of activities to please the whole family.

Weardale Railway

 

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If you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane, park up the car and board the Weardale Railway train. Navigating its way through the region’s diverse terrain, this is the sightseer’s ideal way to travel. Sit back and relax as you drink in the stunning scenery, then pop into Stanhope station to pick up some memorabilia of your trip.
 

Dining

When it comes to food, us Brits love our grub - and if you’re road tripping around the North East, you’ll need to make sure you’re clued up on the best places to dine. From handmade pastries to a spot of afternoon tea or sumptuous dinner, we’ve gathered some of the region's best eateries for foodies looking to refuel.

Jesmond Dene House

 

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If you’re looking to tease your tastebuds, venture into Newcastle’s premier suburb and pop into Jesmond Dene House. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or an evening meal, this amazing eatery has a lineup to please any palate. Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea or enjoy fine wines and a gourmet meal - whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s luxury all the way with this magnificent menu.

BALTIC Cafe Bar

 

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To combine culture with cuisine, head over the Millennium Bridge to the Gateshead side of the river Tyne and treat yourself to a trip to the BALTIC Cafe Bar. Whether you’re an early bird in search of sustenance or you’ve got the mid-afternoon munchies, this cafe has crumbling croissants, chocolate cakes and freshly made salads to suit all appetites - and you can finish the day by immersing yourself in the diverse art collections featured in the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. 

The French Oven

 
If you’ve got a penchant for pastries, a stop off at Newcastle’s French Oven is a must. This delectable little bakery produces everything from bread buns to brioche and quiches to cakes. Whether you’re on the hunt for something savoury or looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, head over to the French Oven and choose a tasty treat to accompany you on the next part of your road trip.
 

A stone’s throw away

Thanks to its prime location, the North East of England is perfectly positioned to lead you onto the next part of your road trip. So whether you fancy heading down to North Yorkshire or spending a day in the Lake District, the North East provides the perfect basecamp for all your travelling adventures. The Forbidden Corner is a hive of activity for those looking to escape from reality and offers fun for the whole family. From exciting mazes to an elusive labyrinth, this is a must-see on any road trip through the northern counties. 
 
 

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No British road trip is complete without indulging in some traditional fish and chips - and Whitby’s Magpie Cafe is the best in the business. Thanks to their locally sourced produce and prime location on the promenade, there are queues outside of the Magpie Cafe all year round. Whether you’re paddling in the sea or playing in the arcades, this seaside hotspot has plenty to offer.
 
Now you’re armed with some of the best apps, destinations and eateries to visit on your next northern road trip, the difficult thing will be deciding where to begin!

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