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Bolam Lake

18 Jul

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A natural playground, this easy walk round Bolam Lake has trees to climb, swans to feed and lots of places for hide & seek.
Free parking & a cafe.

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1894

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Sunday dinner and feeding the ducks in Felton

15 Feb

Despite being dragged out into the great outdoors in all weathers since they were just a few weeks old, mention the word “walk” to my kids and the response is something like eurrrrghhhh.

Once they are out of course they love it – so I just have to find other words to lure them to my chosen destination such as tree-climbing, river-paddling, stick-poking or duck-feeding so they forget about the walking element… or as a last resort mention of a picnic or ice cream usually works.

So it was armed with bagfuls of bread that we headed to the highly recommended Northumberland Arms in Felton for Sunday lunch followed by a trip to feed the ducks.

As it was the other half’s birthday, I was hoping for a meal that was a little bit special and from the moment we walked in and sat on our table with a sofa by the wood-burning stove, it definitely felt like a bit of a treat. The pub is a top class venue, stylishly decorated and welcoming to families. The food came quickly, beautifully presented and well worthy of its fine reputation.

A perfect Sunday lunch for me is always followed by a gentle stroll and Felton really is the idyllic village that the pub’s website claims. It was a misty February day but the view down the river Coquet was stunning. We turned right out of the pub and walked  along the river bank a short way, and sure enough tracked down some hungry ducks, before returning and passing over the bridge and finding a second gathering on the other side equally as peckish.

I was just beginning to feel that I’d burned off a few mouthfuls of yorkshire pud- when I then found myself at the Running Fox bakery and ended up returning to the car with two huge slices of cake and a loaf of artisan bread…. oops.

And so having enjoyed a delicious meal, a nice pint, a walk (duck-feeding) and no meltdowns my mission was complete.  A lovely family day out.

 

http://www.northumberlandarms-felton.co.uk/

http://runningfoxbakery.co.uk/

 

Swans and toasties at South Marine Park

11 Oct

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Had a lovely trip to South Marine Park in South Shields today. It was a bit cold and blustery for the beach but just behind the sea front is the park. There are two good play areas: one for older kids and the other for pre school age. We then warmed up in the very pleasant cafe (I can recommend the toasties) before feeding the ducks. In summer there’s a little train too.
Follow the link below and there’s even an app to guide you around the park…

http://www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk/article/12636/seafront-parks

A cycle by the Wansbeck in Morpeth

17 Feb

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Took the balance bike for a spin along the river in Morpeth. The path by the Wansbeck from Carlisle Park to the Steppy Stones is nice and flat, great for cycling and scootering. There is a car park opposite the park in the town centre, just a few minutes walk from the playground where there are two separate play areas for younger and older children. There are also plenty of side streets around High Stanners, near the the Steppy Stones. If you cross over the river by the stones the path leads you up into the town centre where there are plenty of cafes. If you have a pushchair, there is a bridge a little further up that you can use to cross instead. The independent Appleby’s Bookshop has a great children’s section with an ideally placed cafe inside right next to it, handy if your little ones don’t want to keep still while you finish your cuppa.

http://applebysbookshop.tbpcontrol.co.uk/tbp.direct/customeraccesscontrol/home.aspx?d=applebysbookshop&s=C&r=10000078&ui=0&bc=0

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=8280

Costa del Morpeth in Carlisle Park

29 Jun
Playgrounds, splash pool and rowing boats (summer), riverside walk and plenty of ducks to feed, Carlisle Park is a great at all times of the year. There is a public toilet with baby change, but winter opening can be sketchy. The leisure centre and town centre pubs are just a few minutes walk on the other side of the river.

Bolam Lake

12 Nov

Still beautiful on a foggy autumn day.
Near Belsay, about half an hour out of Newcastle, the well trodden circular walk around Bolam Lake is great whatever the weather. It only takes about half an hour to get round – adult not toddler pace!  And there are a few good spots to stop and feed the swans. The visitor centre car park has a little cafe and toilets. Parking is about ‘c2’a31.20 for two hours.

http://www.northumberlandlife.org/bolamlakecountrypark/

 

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