Cycling and Walking

CYCLING AND WALKING The Tyne Valley and surrounding countryside is ideal for both serious walking and energetic cycling. It can also be a canny place to stroll and wander or for gentle pedal pushing with plenty of stops to take in the sights and views. Quiet country roads are easy to find in the Tyne … Read More

Natural and Ecological Interest

NATURAL AND ECOLOGICAL INTEREST The Tyne once associated with industry is now one of England’s most beautiful and cleanest rivers. A few miles upstream from Ovingham at Hexham, the North and South Tynes come together to form a river now famous for its salmon, otters and goosanders. Red Kites and buzzards can be seen overhead … Read More

Historical Interest

HISTORICAL INTEREST Close by Ovingham in the Tyne Valley there are numerous attractive towns and villages with Saxon and Medieval churches and other buildings of interest that are well worth a visit. Many were partly constructed with stone taken from the Roman Wall. Inside St Andrew’s Church at Corbridge there is a reconstructed Roman arch … Read More

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

THOMAS BEWICK (1753-1828) Thomas Bewick was an artist, engraver and naturalist born across the river from Ovingham at Cherryburn near Eltringham. He was educated in the vicarage school room opposite Ovingham’s parish church of St Mary the Virgin where he is buried along with his family. Bewick refined and revitalised the art of wood engraving … Read More