Getting to Corbridge
Corbridge is situated in the rural and beautiful Tyne Valley at the junction of two major routes. The A69 runs east to Newcastle upon Tyne and west to Carlisle. The A68, the old Roman road of Dere Street, runs south to Darlington and north to Edinburgh. Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO world heritage site, is only three miles to the north.
From the north: take the A1 south to Newcastle, then the A69 westwards for the most straightforward route. For the more scenic and historic route, take the A68 south from Hawick to Corbridge, then take the B6529 into Corbridge. However, this is an old Roman road, so is largely straight, but has a lot of hidden dips and is not an easy drive.
From the south: take the A1(M) north, ignoring the A68 for Corbridge at junction 58, then take the A69 westwards on the edge of Newcastle. The shorter route in mileage, but probably no quicker is to take the A68 at junction 58 and follow it over the hills to Corbridge.
From the east: take the A69 from Newcastle signed towards Corbridge, Hexham and Carlisle, then take the B6530 into Corbridge.
From the west: take the A69 from Carlisle signed towards Hexham, Corbridge and Newcastle, then take the B6529 into Corbridge.
Corbridge is on the Tyne Valley railway line, served by Northern Rail, which runs from Carlisle to Newcastle Central Station and was the first passenger railway to run across the Pennines, starting in the 1830s. Corbridge Station is unmanned and there is no ticket office, so you need to buy tickets on the train. From the station into the centre of the village is about ½ mile with a lovely walk over the bridge.
There are a number of taxi firms in the area, but you need to phone them and it is best to book in advance.
Please note that the only access to the westbound platform (ie arriving from Newcastle / going to Hexham and Carllisle) is by stairs. Access to the eastbound platform (going to Newcastle) is up a gentle ramp.
Corbridge is served by several bus services.
X85: the X85 runs from Newcastle Eldon Square to Newbrough, stopping at Corbridge at The Angel Inn, the fastest bus from Newcastle.
X84: the X84 runs from Newcastle Eldon Square to Hexham, stopping at Corbridge at The Angel Inn and the Market Place.
685: the 685 runs from Carlisle to Newcastle, stopping at Corbridge at The Angel Inn.
10: the 10 runs from Newcastle Eldon Square or Central Station to Hexham, stopping in Corbridge at Station Road (near the village car park) and Hill Street.
AD122: this is a special bus running along the route of Hadrian’s Wall from Easter until September. It doesn’t run into Corbridge, but you can join it at Hexham Bus Station or Railway Station.
X84, X85 and 10: www.gonortheast.co.uk
If walking the Hadrian’s Wall path, Corbridge is one of the best places to stay near the Wall and also has its own Roman Town to visit.
The most obvious route to walk down into Corbridge (about three miles) is from Portgate at the junction of the A68 and the B6318. However, this is a very busy road without footpaths and not good for walking. There are other routes down to Corbridge, which are detailed in the official guidebooks.
The walk is all downhill into Corbridge, but equally all uphill going back the following day. Many walkers book taxis from points such as the Errington Arms at Portgate or the Robin Hood Inn at Wallhouses on the B6318, also known as the Military Road.
Corbridge Roman Town: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/corbridge-roman-town-hadrians-wall
The public transport route from Newcastle Airport to Corbridge is to take the Metro railway from Airport to Central Station, on a train signed for South Shields or South Hylton. Then from Newcastle Central Station take the train to Corbridge. That is the cheaper, longer and slower route.
The other way is to take a taxi to Corbridge, which will take about 20 minutes, but is more expensive.