A scooter by the sea at Whitley Bay

12 Feb

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My four-year-old daughter loves to scooter, so at the weekend I tried to think of somewhere we could go where she could bomb around without me worrying about her careering off into a road, and where there was a smooth path with not too many hills and also a bit of pleasant scenery for me to look at too. The Links at Whitley Bay turned out to be perfect. We parked in one of the cliff top carparks and then followed the path along the cliff and then down along the promenade, perfect for getting up a bit of speed. Thankfully I hadn’t brought her helmet, otherwise I might have been brave enough to let her have a go in the skate park as the moody teenage skateboarders were being put to shame by the tiniest of tots tearing up and down the ramps on scooters and mini bikes – some complete with pink tassels, baskets and dolly seats. 

Refreshment-wise try the Rendez-Vous cafe or the cafe at The Links Art Gallery both on Dukes Walk. Public toilets with baby change are also available next to the cafe.

Nearby:

St Mary’s Lighthouse – tide permitting it is a lovely walk over and round the lighthouse, there is also a small beach and hundreds of rock pool

The wonderful Waves swimming pool has a wave machine (obviously) and pirate ship and splash pool all great for little ones.

Useful links:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rendezvous-Caf%C3%A9-Whitley-Bay/121231121223951

http://www.linksgallery.org/index.php

http://www.northumberland-coast.co.uk/whitley_bay.php

http://www.friendsofstmarysisland.co.uk/

http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse.shtml?p_subjectCategory=580

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