Hi ben, welcome to retrobike.
There are quite a few riders up your way that aren't prolific posters on here but do attend the odd ride, we have guys in stockton, middlesbrough and pinchinthorpe and, a man living practically in the sea (kaya) AEC for this region and i reckon he may contact you soon enough as there are local non-retro rides up that way too.
Apart from that, keep an eye on the calendar, mainly the top of screen announcements for up coming rides, assuming you have transport...there is a plan hatching for a trip to the yorkshire moors back end of this month.
Sooner or later you make some connections up that part of the region. The nearest publicised ride is kaya's kake run that starts from pinchinthorpe, always a good laugh and generally a ride in early spring.
This years meet up there----> viewtopic.php?f=31&t=253094
Always non serious days riding but of course we look after riders and extend courtesy to other folk out on the trails. helmet is mandatory too. Just turn up and blend in stuff. We ask for an emergency contact number, that's all.
Hope to see you out soon.
Ride yorkshire and the north east
Visit the regional calendar here for details---> Update coming soon for 2015