“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted...” – Bill Bryson
|(Carter Bar, the Scottish/England border)|
Date: 8 May 2017 (Monday)
Route: Gateshead – Carter Bar
Distance: 49 miles (1 hr 9 min)
We drove on the A696 through the northernmost national park in England. It covers an area of more than 1,000 square km between the Scottish border in the north to just south of Hadrian's Wall, and it is one of the least populated and least visited of the National Parks. The park lies entirely within Northumberland, covering about a quarter of the county.
|(A beautiful day for a road trip to the border)|
|(Crossing the Norththumberland National Park)|
Nearing the border, out of nowhere we passed a small village and saw the sign of The Last Café in England. The cafe also known as Camien Café is a few miles from the England/Scotland border. It offers a nice range of food, from sandwiches to oven-baked dishes. A short stop here is a nice way to break up the journey to or from Scotland. The Camien Cafe is one of a dying breed. Luckily it is thriving and a haven for hungry thirsty travellers in need of a hearty meal or a steaming pot of tea or coffee.
|(An authentic last cafe in England)|
|(A brief stop by the reservoir)|
|(The supply of drinking water to the surrounding area)|
|(Having a cup of hot coffee on the mountain)|
Carter Bar is a point on the England–Scotland border, in Roxburghshire and Northumberland. Carter Bar is where the A68 road crosses the border and forms a pass located at the top of Redesdale in the Cheviot Hills at an elevation of 418 metres.
|(Arriving at the border viewpoint)|
|(Stopping at an Alpaca farm)|