Sir Robert Carey left London on the morning of 24 March 1603. Riding up the Great North Road he was at Doncaster, 155 miles to the north, that night. The following evening he was at Widdrington (northeast of Morpeth by the Northumberland coast) . Here the remains of his castle are now reduced to a grassy mound. He had hoped to reach Edinburgh, by midday on the 26th but a fall from his horse, resulting in a loss of much blood, meant that he did not arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse until around midnight.
On horseback it is no longer possible to follow Carey’s route. Our route takes as direct a line as possible to Doncaster via South Mimms, Wheathampstead, Renhold, Thrapston, Market Overton, Newark and Bawtry.
To avoid the extensive conurbation of the North East we ride from Doncaster via Tadcaster, Boroughbridge, Darlington and Stanley to the Tyne bridge at Ryton. Then northeast via Morpeth to Widdrington.
From Widdrington we ride to Kelso and from there to Edinburgh.
Our route takes us the length of England north of London and through the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh using minor roads, green lanes and bridleways.
The line route on the map is indicative only and does not show the exact route we will take.