So it seems this confirmed southerner may be relocating to the North East soon.
Where's good to live and ride up there? My ideal would me a small to medium sized town ideally with good off-road and road riding on the doorstep, and some kind of riding community to drop into. (Down south I do regular night and weekend riding, without driving - oh paradise).
We'd probably want to be max of an hour drive from Newcastle city/airport.