Two National Trust sites in the county are gearing up to welcome spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the Tour of Britain as it comes through Northumberland.
Stage 4 of the race will end in Blyth on Wednesday, September 9, and the cyclists, including Team Wiggins and Team Sky will pass by Seaton Delaval Hall.
The following day, stage 5 will see them setting off from Prudhoe before racing along Hadrian’s Wall and past Housesteads Roman Fort on their way to the finish line at Hartside in Cumbria.
For both stages of the race, the National Trust teams are getting into the race-day spirit and preparing to welcome visitors stopping by to watch it with them.
Joanna Royle, assistant director of consultancy at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust is really excited that such a major sporting event is coming to Northumberland, and will show off this beautiful county to the world through live international media broadcasts.
“For those of us lucky enough to live close enough to watch the race in person, we’re pleased to be able to offer two great locations.
“Both Seaton Delaval Hall and Housesteads Roman Fort are on the race route.”
She added: “As well as offering a great vantage point, while you’re waiting for the race to go by you can visit the gardens and grounds at the Hall, or the historic Roman Fort and museum at Housesteads, and pick up snacks and refreshments.”
On the Wednesday, the stage will kick off in Edinburgh at around 10am before crossing the border into Northumberland, finishing in Blyth, just down the road from Seaton Delaval Hall.
Visitors can park up for the day at the Hall, but need to arrive between 11am, whenthe property opens, and 1pm when the local roads close. Parking is £5 per car.
The National Trust is also recommending Seaton Delaval Hall as a great place to leave your car for the day if you fancy cycling down to the finish line in Blyth to catch the end of the race.
The car park will be open between 11am and 5pm.
Joanna added: “The Tour of Britain will highlight just how beautiful Northumberland really is, including some of places that we look after like Hadrian’s Wall and Seaton Delaval Hall.”
For information about the races and the stages, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk