“When you are Autistic it is likely that you have any of a large number of co-occurring conditions which occur regularly amongst Autistic people”. 

This ‘confluence’ of multiple intersecting and overlapping identities is central to an autistic person’s individuality; It also plays a role in both how an autistic person is perceived, and how an Autistic person perceives the world. 

In the services that we provide, we have Autistic children, Autistic young people and Autistic adults who exist with a powerful confluence. Beginning the process of supporting them with any preconceived ideas is likely to mean us following the wrong stream.

The confluence can sometimes be choppy and too often goes unseen; So, we owe it to all the people we support, to seek the best understanding we can in order to personalise the support we give them"          

The route 

Tyne Confluence - a two-day 170 mile ride across the four counties of Northumberland, Cumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside - will see riders start in the old market town of Hexham. Based on the south bank of the River Tyne, it forms the ‘confluence' of the tributary rivers which converge here, dubbed the ‘Meeting of the Waters’.

Starting on the Saturday morning, riders will tackle South Tyne on day one, heading into the North Pennies - an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), traversing Hadrian’s Wall a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picking up the North Tyne river, riders will finish day one a stones throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park - Europe’s largest man-made lake.

Stopping overnight and departing from Bellingham, day two will see us move through Northumberland National Park to join the River Rede near the Cheviot Hills on the Scottish Border, returning to our starting point from Otterburn. Once at the Combined Tyne, riders will follow the flow of the river to the picturesque and historic seaside town of Tynemouth, finishing our journey at the North Sea.

Support the Team

If you would like to support our riders as they take on this challenge in aid of North East Autism Society, you can visit our JustGiving campaign page by clicking here. Here, you'll find the fundraising pages of our riders and be able to read their stories, as well as make donations to individuals or the group as a whole.

For our riders, you can create your page by following the link above and clicking "Start fundraising". We also have an information sheet with some more information about JustGiving and how to use the site and you can download our sponsorship form for any offline fundraising.

Also, why not either share the fact that you are taking part in the Tyne Confluence Sportive, or get up to date with the latest progress, on Facebook, Twitter (@NEAutismSociety) & Instagram (@neasevents), using the hashtag #TyneConfluenceSportive


Riverdale Hall Hotel,
NE48 2JT 

*Please note it’s the responsibility of the participant to pay for their own accommodation. You can pay for your room below*.

Sponsorship opportunities

We still have various corporate sponsorship opportunities for this event, so if you are interested to find out more information please email 

If you have any queries about the event please drop us an email or give us a call on 0191 410 9974.

Thank you to our event sponsors 




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