Bike ride gives chance to cycle in footsteps of history

Flodden Monument
Flodden Monument
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Cyclists will be given a unique insight into the Battle of Flodden this weekend by riding the routes taken by the English and Scottish armies.

The free guided rides have been organised by Wooler Cycle Hub to coincide with the build-up to the 500th anniversary of the conflict.

On Saturday, riders will follow the route taken by the English, from Wooler Haugh to the battle site. Stops will be made at places of interest to discuss their significance in the preparations for battle.

The 42-mile ride leaves Wooler Milk Bar and Café, off the A697, at 10am. Riders can bring a packed lunch, but a stop at a local pub is planned.

On Sunday, a ride will shadow the route taken by James IV and his Scottish army from Coldstream to the battle site.

It will take riders along the north bank of the Tweed to Ladykirk Church, Norham Castle and on to Etal and Ford.

The group will be met at the Flodden monument by historian Clive Hallam-Baker, who will talk about the conflict.

The 29-mile ride starts at the east end of Coldstream High Street, near the petrol station, at 10.30am. There will be a stop at Etal for a pub or café lunch, or bring packed lunch.

Both rides are on road and will take about six hours.

To register for one or both of the cycles, email wchroute or call 01668 283703. U16s welcome if accompanied by an adult.