North England

Durham, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Cumbria

Our area covers Cumbria and Northumbria and includes the famous Lake District in the west (best avoided in holiday periods), Roman Britain, including Hadrian’s Wall, castles and spectacular coastlines. It is also wonderful cycling country, with many Sustrans routes. The ‘Angel of the North’ sculpture is in our area, as is the Sage Gateshead music venue.

Servas Britain Regional

Assistant Co-ordinator:

Dorothy Wilson-Craw (host 357)


Number of Servas host households in the region: 16
Peace activities in the region:

  • Buddhist monastery near Bolam Lake, Belford 
Main towns in the region:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne   industrial centre and port in the east
  • Middlesborough 
  • Sunderland
  • Durham  – famous university town in the east of the region
  • Carlisle – in the west of the region
  • Hexham 
Transport in the region:
Larger cities and towns have good bus and rail links to the rest of the UK.
Transport hubs:

  • Newcastle Central station: rail links to the rest of the UK
  • Newcastle International Airport: external and domestic flights
  • Hexham and Carlisle: Tynedale Railway (England’s highest narrow-gauge railway, running from Alston to Kirkhaugh) 
  • Alnmouth and Berwick have main line railway links
  • North Shields:  ferries to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tourist information:
There are tourist offices in most towns – links to some of these are given opposite:
Newcastle/Gateshead tourist information
Northumbria Tourist Board
Lake District