Morpeth is in southeast Northumberland, England’s most northerly county. Going back in history, it’s always been on an important route between London and Edinburgh, and today’s A1 bypasses the town on that same journey. It’s directly north of the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and as it’s only 20 miles away, Morpeth is a popular place to live if you need to work in the city. With the wild east coast to one side and the wilderness of the Northumberland National Park to the other, it’s a base with market town facilities and home comforts on the doorstep of your new home.
The A1 takes the strain out of north-south travel through the county. It bypasses the town to the west and is an important link for business and pleasure. The A697 branches off the AI just north of the town, eventually joining the A68 into Edinburgh – a more direct route than the A1 which follows the east coast. Morpeth’s train station is on the East Coast Main Line which runs between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverly Station. Newcastle-upon-Tyne has the nearest international airport, a very convenient 16 miles away, taking less than half an hour by car.
Going to school
Northumberland operates the middle school system, and your children can attend the Chantry Middle School or Newminster Middle School, as well as a choice of First Schools. The town’s secondary school is the King Edward VI School. Specialist opportunities are presented by the Collingwood School and Media Arts College.
Getting the shopping
Morpeth has a buzzing high street with high street brands to go with it. There’s a much-loved historic department store, Rutherfords, which is a leading lifestyle store with plenty of ideas for your new home. Newgate Street and Oldgate are where most of the independent retailers are located, and the Sanderson Arcade has even more options. Nothing is better for a market town than a thriving market, Morpeth’s market takes place in the market place every Wednesday and there’s also a Farmers’ Market and a monthly Street Food Market The town has a good share of supermarkets too, with Morrisons, M&S Foodhall, Sainsbury’s, Londis and Tesco.
With street food markets, cafés, bistros and tapas bars, there are plenty of places to eat out in the town. The Riverside Leisure Centre and swimming pool has something for all the family, or just for time out for yourself. The Pegswood Country park is just to the north of the town and Craik Park and Morpeth Golf Club are to the southwest. For a taste of city life, it couldn’t be easier to get into Newcastle for a day out, or a night out.