Northumbria Explorer

Our latest UK tour is a week-long journey through the most northerly counties of England. The journey begins in the Durham Dales of the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, well away from the tourist trail. We’ll head into Cumbria to Alston, one of the highest market town in England surrounded by some of the highest green lanes in England.

After continuing north, we’ll change direction and head due east following the line of Hadrian’s Wall and the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Crossing the wall, we’ll venture further north to Kielder Water lying within the vast Kielder Forest, only a few miles from the Scottish border.

We’ll complete our journey on the Northumberland coast, with its mighty castles, most notably Bamburgh and also Alnwick – used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. The beaches along the coast are golden and endless – and mostly empty. Keeping an eye on rising tides, we’ll drive across the causeway to the holy island of Lindisfarne.

We’ll be following a network of ancient highways and byways, across rugged moorland with spectacular vistas. Through forests on gravel trails, farm tracks and along Roman roads.

During the tour, we’ll staying on a mixture of fully serviced campsites and semi-wild locations with minimal facilities.

Under-body protection (diff guards) on your vehicle may be an advantage, but by no means essential as the route has been designed not to damage you or your vehicle. We’re usually blessed with fine weather but as with any tour in the UK, come prepared with warm clothing and good bedding! Atlas Overland guides and their fully equipped support vehicles will be on hand to coach, advise and help throughout.


The rendezvous for the tour is Saturday evening in Hexham, allowing plenty of time for those travelling from further away.

Kit List

Whilst it is not an exhaustive inventory, we have provided a kit list as a basic guide.

Vehicle Preparation

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Terms & Conditions

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