Cyclists will be able to get a unique insight into the Battle of Flodden by riding the routes taken by the English and Scottish armies over one weekend later this month.
The free guided rides have been organised by Wooler Cycle Hub to coincide with the final build up to the 500th anniversary of the battle.
On Saturday, August 24, riders will be able to follow the route taken by the English, from Wooler Haugh to the battle site. Stops will be made at places of interest along the route to discuss their significance in the progress to the battle.
Beth Mills from Wooler Cycle Hub said: “The route will take riders through some of the loveliest and most tranquil parts of Northumberland and will include the specially commissioned ‘Flodden Gates’ at Barmoor Castle Caravan Park, fording points on the River Till and Twizel Bridge, where the heavy ordnance and English supply train crossed the river.
The ride, which is all on road, leaves from Wooler Milk Bar and Cafe, just off the A697, at 10am.
The total distance is 42 miles and is graded moderate, but with some strenuous uphill sections. It is expected to last around six hours. Riders can bring a packed lunch, but a stop at a local pub is planned.
The following day, a ride will shadow the route taken by James IV and his Scottish army from Coldstream to the site of their defeat.
The route will take riders along the north bank of the Tweed to Ladykirk Church, Norham Castle and on to Etal and Ford.
At the Flodden monument the group will be met by the creator of the Flodden Battlefield Trail, Clive Hallam-Baker, who will explain the events of the battle and point out their locations.
This ride is also all on road and will start at the east end of Coldstream High Street, near the petrol station.
It will set off at 10.30am and will cover 29 miles. It is graded moderate, with an expected duration of six hours.
There will be a lunch stop at Etal for a pub or cafe lunch, or where riders can also enjoy their own packed lunches.
Cyclists can take part in both or either of the rides, but participants must register in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 01668 283703. Under 16s are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
For more information on the Wooler Cycle Hub events programme see http://woolerwheel.com
Published: Wednesday 14/08/2013
By Visit Northumberland