Category:North East England
The only major road north from Newcastle is the A1, which will take you up to Edinburgh via Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Author has hitched it a few times, and always been successful though sometimes it can feel a bit like getting there by the skin of your teeth as there aren't loads of great hitching spots up the A1. Friendly locals often take you a short stretch though and you can hop from town to town. To get out of Newcastle, you can take the Metro towards the Airport and get off at Kingston Park. Walk away from the metro stop past tesco for about ten minutes, you get to a small roundabout and then straight away a bigger one leading onto the A1. You can stand on the corner of the roundabout exit- it's a good spot from the point of view of traffic (everyone coming up the A1 and joining it out of Newcastle or Hexham), though not totally ideal in terms of stopping space as people just have to pull over on a sliproad as per usual.