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Taste of summer: Druridge Bay and Morpeth

20 May

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The merest hint of sunshine can see me scramble for the picnic rug, bucket and spade and mandatory cheese & pickle sarnie and head off like a woman possessed in the direction of the beach.

More often than not, the end result is a progressive drop in the car’s thermometer, a gathering of cloud and a pick-up in the wind until I arrive at the coast to unload my swimming cozzie-clad youngsters shivering onto the sand, while waterproof and welly-wearing dog walkers glance at them in pity.

But not this weekend. To my relief it actually got warmer the closer we got to our sunny destination and I even began to think that it might even be “busy” and “would I get parked?” in our usual spot right above the beach.

I found myself thinking “oo it is quite busy” – but that was because there were actually one or two other families scattered sparsely across the sand, whereas usually we have almost the whole beach to ourselves and even though I never need reminding, I did think quite smugly how lucky I am to live so close to such a beautiful and peaceful coastline.

Children’s inability to feel the cold never ceases to amaze me and I was quite jealous that while I was slightly chilly in my jeans and cardie, my two girls lolloped around in the water as if we were in the Coast del Sol.

Roll on summer.

Making the most of the weather on Sunday we headed down to Carlisle Park, Morpeth, where the grassy banks were filled with picnic spreads, families took rowing boats out on the river against the backdrop of the busy bowling green, (and Dunkin Donut van) in an almost idyllic vision of Englishness, A dedicated chap was also hard at work painting the brilliant paddling pool, so I look forward to that being open soon.
We then headed along the riverside path, great for scooters and small bikes towards the “Steppy Stones”. Whilst it’s not as scenic with the current flood defence work underway, the shallow river is great for paddling, fishing and like a big kid, I love navigating the Stepping Stones. I also love having a nosy at the beautiful picture-perfect riverbank houses with their terraced gardens that lead down to the river.
If you are out without bikes/scooters/pushchairs you can cross over the stones and the path leads back up to town centre, where you can then walk back to the park.

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

Cycling and brambling in Rising Sun Country Park

29 Sep

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the stag

Who would have thought all this was just behind the Asda?

http://www.visitnorthtyneside.com/dbimgs/risingsunleaflet.pdf

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

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

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

20 Jul
Free to get in, takeaway lattes, toilets, perfect for scootering, dragon pedalos, a mini train, ducks, playgrounds, this must be the best park in the world



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