Revisiting my home town is always good for me. Seeing old faces as well as new developments, keeps me coming back to Newcastle Upon Tyne. I love this picture of the Sunset down at the Quayside looking down river.
I had bought a pedometer & tested it out walking from the lighthouse at Newhaven, South Shields to Marsden Rock, then back to South Shields Town Centre.
Then taking the metro into town to Newcastle, just walking up and down the Quayside visiting the Baltic http://www.balticmill.com/visit (there’s always something new & interesting going on in there) followed by a walk in the city centre & a quick visit to Tynemouth we clocked up about 12 miles.Its’ easy to clock up steps when out & about.
Saturday 8th of April Berwick to Lewes walk
I was determined to learn this walk, and thought I was prepared. A couple of weeks ago I had gone out there realising I needed another map. When you buy an ordnance survey map they give you a code so you can download it.www.ordnancesurveymap.com https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk I now had both maps downloaded & brought along the newly acquired Hastings Map, which had some of the walk on. As well, I had a spare phone to take pictures with. It still wasn’t enough! The battery on my I Phone conked out right in the middle of nowhere,of course the bit of the map I needed I hadn’t brought with me. The devil is in the detail as we all know and sometimes the detail is just too much to explain. In the middle of the country it is very easy to get lost. There is very little in terms of signposts and landmarks.
So to be extremely prepared, I should have brought two paper maps and an extra charger for the I Phone! Also another pocket in my walking trousers would have been great, as in the process of taking my phone in and out of the pocket my return ticket with my network card (1/3 off all journeys) & my Ramblers Membership card had fallen out of my pocket.
This is not just going for a walk, this is trying to navigate a walk I haven’t done before in an area I don’t know. The intention is to get to know it so I can lead a new walk. At this point my loyal companion & occasional walking partner, summoned up his inner scout & I happily handed over the one paper map.
Just get us to our destination.!
Once safely back in Lewes feeling somewhat spaced out,we settled in to our local pub The Lansdowne for a true troubadour style evening of beer and crisps. Rested and refreshed we returned to Lewes station where I bought yet another ticket;unfortunately the system will penalize you if travelling without a ticket, despite having paid for it.We clocked up about 14 miles that day. The following day we took the tube to Sloane Square Kings Road and had lunch up there & walked back to Brixton a mere 6 miles.
Seaford circular practice run 15/04/2017
No map needed for this, no engineering works, no strikes, and pre paid for tickets. I set off with the Mole to ‘test run’ the walk. Last June I led this walk starting off at Newhaven to give it more length. This time starting from Seaford it’s not long before you’re going up the cliffs and it’s as vigorous as I remember. The golf course seems to have cut in to some of the cliff top at Seaford Nature Reserve which isn’t good. We managed to walk it in good time and were back at East Dean before 4pm.
We had a drink in The Tiger Inn East Dean Village, the sun wasn’t really strong enough to just sit outside, so then took the bus back to Seaford and stopped off at The Plough for a couple of beers .
I enjoyed the journey home and got back to Herne Hill about 8.30pm. There was a small jiffy bag waiting for me in the hallway. I didn’t recognise the writing and my name was mispelt,the postcode was also incorrect. I opened it up and it was my Travel card holder with all my cards: Network card, unused return ticket, Ramblers Membership and a little letter! I was so thrilled, someone had found them in a little village we had passed through & had taken the time to find my address – none of the cards had my address on.
I have since posted back a thank you card and put in a packet of 1st class stamps. It’s always nice when someone does something kind. Until Next time Keep on Keeping On.
I’m leading my annual walk along The Seven Sisters today. I may well do it again later in the year if they are short of walk leaders.
See Up and Coming walks for details.