Wednesday, 20 November 2013

10: Newcastle - Hexham


Route 10 connects the city of what feels like a thousand bridges with a pretty town not far from Hadrian's Wall. Buses run every half an hour Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly evenings and Sundays, but parts of the route nearer to Newcastle have a more frequent service. It's operated by Go North East and is one of their flagship routes. Click here to discover other bus routes in the North East.



The full route diagram can be seen on Go North East's website, but here are extracts of the sections in Tyne & Wear:


... and Northumberland:


Newcastle


In my mind Newcastle vies with only Bristol for the title of England's best looking city. To be honest Newcastle just about pips it on the strength of its bridges over the Tyne and the splendour of Grey Street.


While here, why not catch a film at the famous Tyneside Cinema or visit the Discovery Museum?


The 10 departs from stand D at Eldon Square Bus Station in the heart of the city.


Metrocentre


One of the biggest out-of-town shopping centres in the UK, check out Metrocentre's website to see what you can do there. The centre has its own bus and rail interchange, with the 10 using stand E towards Hexham and stand L towards Newcastle.


Blaydon

Blaydon is known for its races. The 10 stops at the bus station, stand B towards Hexham and stand D towards Newcastle.


Ryton

Ryton is a relatively wealthy commuter town. The main bus stop is on Main Road at Ryton Church. Buses towards Hexham stop by Coffee Johnny's. Why not stop for a cup?:


... and buses to Newcastle stop opposite the Post Office:


Crawcrook

In Crawcrook, the 10 stops outside the Fox & Hounds.


Prudhoe

We've now left Tyne & Wear (for which Nexus no longer produce any bus route maps) and entered the county of Northumberland (bus map of this corner of the county here) as we arrive in Prudhoe. If you fancy a splash then get off the bus here for Waterworld.


The 10 towards Hexham stops on Front Street outside The Chair Centre:


... and towards Newcastle it stops outside G&S Electricals:


Mickley


Mickley is home to Jiggery Pokery, a shop and tea room. The 10 towards Hexham stops right outside (see the bus stop flag to the left of the shop), towards Newcastle it stops opposite.


Stocksfield

Photo by Jack Pearce, found on Wikipedia. Used under Creative Commons

Rowan Atkinson of Mr Bean fame used to live in Stocksfield and probably used the 10 a few times. He probably used to wait at this stop on the A695 opposite the railway station for buses towards Hexham:


... or over the road at this one for buses to Newcastle:


Corbridge

After passing through Riding Mill, we come to Corbridge, which was first settled by the Romans. You can still visit the remains of the Roman town, which are looked after by English Heritage.


The 10 pops north of the Tyne briefly to stop on a one-way loop outside the Off The Wall gallery on Hill Street in both directions:


Hexham

At long last we arrive in Hexham, where there is plenty to see and do. How about a look around the Abbey?


Hexham bus station is on Priestpopple, right in the centre of town. The 10 back to Newcastle goes from stand A.


Times

See the full timetable for the 10 on one of these sites:
Here are your links to live timetable departure boards for major bus stops towards Hexham:


...and back towards Newcastle:


Fares


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 10 is the Go North East all zones Buzzfare at £7.60 for an adult. It is valid on all Go North East buses. Cheaper versions are also available, but they are limited to certain zones. One that covers only the Tyne & Wear section of the 10 (Go North East's Purple zone) costs £4.65.


If you also need to use buses of other operators, then you should ask for a North East Explorer ticket, which is £9.30 for an adult.


If you've only travelling within Tyne & Wear but also want to use other operators' buses, then use a Day Rover Ticket at £6.80.


If arriving in the region by train, then Plusbus tickets can be bought with your train ticket. See full details on the Plusbus website. The Newcastle Plusbus is valid on the 10 from Eldon Square to Stella. The Hexham Plusbus is not much use on the 10 as it's only valid for a few stops from the Bus Station.

Connections

Diagram of route 10 and major connecting bus routes. Not to scale, vastly simplified. Red routes operated by Go North East, green routes are run by other operators.

From Newcastle City Centre you can connect with buses in all directions. These are just a few of the most major routes:


Eldon Square, where the 10 terminates in central Newcastle is not far from Monument station on the Tyne & Wear Metro.

The 10 then passes Newcastle Central station, which has trains in all directions (live departures, departure list, fares) in addition to being a station on the Metro.

From the Metrocentre Interchange, you can catch the following major bus routes:


The Interchange also contains a railway station on the Newcastle to Carlisle line. The 10 passes near to many stations on the line, including the one in Hexham. Here's a map of the train line with the stations on or near the 10's route highlighted:


See the full timetable for this rail line here. Details of rail fares to and from any station in Britain can be found here.

Use the following links for live railway departure boards:


Use these links for a full list of the day's scheduled rail departures from the following stations:


From Hexham Bus Station, connect with the 685 to Carlisle operated jointly by Arriva and Stagecoach.

Also calling at Hexham is the AD122 Hadrian's Wall tourist bus, which only runs during the summer months. When it does run, it links Hexham with Carlisle via various major tourist destinations along Hadrian's Wall.


Alternatives

As we've just seen, the train provides an alternative way of getting between Newcastle and Hexham. An adult single ticket is £6.40, off-peak day return £6.90 and a peak return is £7.70. Two adults can travel off-peak for just £10.30 day return with a Northern Duo ticket. Full fare details here.

There are a few other bus services that also run between Newcastle and Hexham, but via different routes:
All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

1 comment:

  1. At the end of July 2016 the bus station in Hexham will move from it's current position on Priestpopple to a new station about 200yds to the east, opposite the hospital.

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