Apr
2017

Counting steps- Getting there!

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.

Picture courtesy of Jan n Blue taken from their flat at Newcastle Quayside.

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.

Big Clouds you can almost touch

Marsden South Shields

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.

Looking at Newcastle from The Baltic

 

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Feb
2014

Westgate to Margate revisited February 8th 2014

Westgate to Margate circular walk

Approx. 6 miles round walk

I having walked  this many times now, it’s as familiar as a stroll in the park. I still enjoy the Westgate to Margate stroll, as always it is invigorating. Saturday proved to be an ever-changing day. The Sea looked grungy brown but calm & the wind almost blew us to Margate.  Then came the hailstones, the sand was rising from the surface  blowing towards Margate like a desert storm; as suddenly as the hail storms appeared,they then disappeared and blue skies appeared lighting up the Turner Gallery on the horizon.

MARGATE BEACH FEBRUARY

MARGATE BEACH FEBRUARY

 

Always great to see The Contemporary Turner Gallery 

https://www.turnercontemporary.org/ if only to take a break from the wind! There is always something on in there, and the views are great; Like the Tate in St Ives, a modern building, situated on the sea front designed to fit in with the landscape. A great chip shop nearby supplied a generous portion of chips . I shared my remains with the Seagulls; then walked down to the harbour, and visited the micro pub .

The Harbour Arms.

TURNER GALLERY THEN HARBOUR..

TURNER GALLERY -THEN HARBOUR..

 

Micro pub is defined by it being independent of breweries serving local beers and ciders. It is very tiny too and felt a bit like being on a stage set, it is not a pub as such but an old harbour office made into a small space with a bar and a few tables…

There were about 14 people huddled in there if you added another ten it would have been jam-packed! The prices are good too. I had half a raspberry cider and The Mole (my walking partner, and other… !) had a half local beer at! £3 a pint; nice!

RASPBERRY CIDER LOCAL ALE £3.00 A PINT

RASPBERRY CIDER LOCAL ALE £3.00 A PINT

 

Margate moving on?

I can’t help but feel the naughty weekend caption isn’t going to be the crowd puller they are aiming at, I seem to recall Mary Portas did a bit of a campaign to brighten the shopping area which is smart in parts. There are some great shops and cafes the Mole and I, plan to spend a night or two on the coast around Margate at some point this summer, dirty or otherwise.!

Walking back I see the works are still in progress along the seafront, the old  Royal Sea Bathing Hospital was a pioneer hospital in the use of open-air treatment for patients suffering from tubercular complaints. It was founded in 1791 for the poor of London by Dr John Coakley Lettsom, a Quaker physician. It is now being redeveloped into plush apartments.


 Resorts such as Margate had modesty hoods which werecould be let down to allow a woman to enter and leave the water in privacy.
If desired, the woman could also be dipped in privacy under the shelter of the hoodsalted sea water and be helped with cures for TB

I  say it’s a stroll in the park, but it clocks up about 6 miles all in all.

Walking back to Westgate from Margate always seems longer than walking to Margate,especially with the wind in our face as we were  attacked by another batch of hail stones…

We had planned to have another swift half in the micro pub in Westgate but they closed from about 2.30-5pm, so missed out on that. Mole drove back to London in true mole style, with  the low winter sun blinding his eyes, cursing and swearing up the motorway. The rain/sun/hail/rain/sun weather got the better of us and a return home to London for a night in front of the box was welcome.

Well  there is a lot of misery in many parts of the country due to excessive rain. I’m hoping it will calm down soon, as a short w/end in Devon is on cards & got a couple of walks with the South Bank Group penciled in for February and a W/end of it in March.

 

All for now

Julie

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
2012

Thinking about walking- thinking about writing!

Seaford to Glynde

GIANT MUSHROOM

 

I really didn’t fancy going on a walk this weekend I had things on my mind and wanted to write. I persisted  and reasoned that I  could use up a black and white  film to use up. I had bought  that at the airport going to Berlin this summer  hadn’t used it and only taken a few shots in Newcastle. I wasn’t sure how Rural Sussex would photograph especially it being Autumn and the colours being so vivid,but I quite like the effect. I know you can use effects on most smart phones to Black & White, but I vouch that film is very different to digital, and has a different outcome.

Seaford to Glynde

Walking  takes a certain amount of stamina, this was a 11 mile walk in Sussex starting at Seaford to Glynde all in the countryside. We walked up Northwards inland over vast open spaces and quite hilly in parts. A few of us fell over including myself, as parts of the walk was chalky and damp down hill and we kept skidding.The weather had been glorious autumn weather that day but there were still residues of rain from the previous nights of rain. Sometimes I ‘m not really in the mood to walk with a group as groups can split up and this one split into two; slow walkers, and fast walkers.

My legs were hurting and I was too hot , covered in mud! preoccupied about not having the right walking gear and  annoyed that I had burned my only pair of  walking trousers in a rare ironing frenzy!

Such is life.

The walk started at Seaford over the downs to Berwick Church, I had mentioned the church on my first blog, as we walked there from Charleston House.After a pub lunch, the group seemed to split into the Fast and Slow Walkers, I assigned myself to the fast group but we had to keep stopping to wait for the others incase they got lost. I’m sorry to say, but that got very tedious after a while.

Church Yard at Berwick 16th Century Church in Autumn Sunshine

 

Romantic Berwick Church Autumn 2012

Cotswold Outdoor Clothing

Feet and other issues.. as you will gather are an important part of these posts.

I spent too much time the following  day in Cotswold Picadilly trying on totally unsuitable walking boots; designed for climbing Mount Everest and the guy was trying to convince me I needed a size 7 shoe which was ridiculous. No way are my feet that big..!Clarks Shoes measured my feet the following Saturday and confirmed the correct size -one foot was five and half the other 6.! I later went for a reflexology session, which was like a psychological foot reading followed by a foot massage.(not for the faint hearted)

Check out if you want more info on that. it is quite interesting and therapeutic.

www.felicityreflexology.co.uk

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Without a doubt it is the best city in the UK

I am from there but have lived in London now longer than I lived in Newcastle.. Still it was my old stomping ground and I still truly love the centre of Newcastle with its magnificent bridges.

It’s been voted as one of the best nightclub areas in Europe. Although we weren’t there for that. Preferring a bit of live music.

We eventually found the Cluny situated in an industrial part near the Tyne, at Blaydon www.thecluny.com it is a great location away from all the hyped up city centre with its gangs of lads and lasses getting legless! CHECK  it out if you are ever in town.

We tried to walk there on the Friday night we arrived and it was such a lovely romantic walk along the Tyne, however we were on the wrong side of the Tyne going in the wrong direction! I think my London head was a bit disoriented, so we opted for seeing a Ramones cover band on the Westgate Road, who were almost as good as the real Ramones who I saw in New York in 1986! The support band were a raucous punk band, and getting a bit bored waiting for the main band we slipped in to the arts centre next door where they were having Tango lessons! so we had a beer and watched that while waiting to see the Ramones cover band. Some contrast!

 

We did get to the Cluny  the following night in a cab!! It is situated in a valley on the Tyne under a massive old bridge. It is my idea of romance! On the sunday there is a big market on the Tyne and we strolled along there and then visited the Baltic.

I’m off to France next week so I might take some of my unfinished writing there and start planning some other writing that I am interested in exploring.
Until next time.
Best Wishes
Julie
Aug
2012

The Charleston House Experience

My first ever ‘Ramble’

Glynde to Berwick via Charleston House, Sussex

Having pondered for some years about joining a walking group I eventually met with a bunch of  Ramblers at Victoria London and introduced myself. I wanted to start walking and getting to know places that were accessible from London on public transport and could be done within a day . Ok it’s a far cry from walking the Himalayas but it’s a start. Taking the train from Victoria we changed at Lewes and took a short journey to a place called Glynde.  We walked past a terrace of quaint cottages and then walked across a motorway over to a field and headed towards  Firle Place. Already I was in love, what a breath of fresh air. I needed this more than ever. I have walked around London for so many years now and as much as I love London,have to get out sometimes! We walked through Firle place  a historical national park and I felt like I had gone back in time. It was May and so the new-born lambs were out grazing on the grass and the flowers were blooming, it was so sweet, and so very refreshing after being cooped up at work all week.

After a few miles walking over fields we were at Charleston Farmhouse situated in the heart of the Sussex Downs.It’s called Farmhouse which is a bit misleading as it is more like an artist’s retreat hosting a stunning collection of art, much of the furnishing having been upholstered to its original plan by Laura Ashley.

 CHARLESTON FARMHOUSE

The place is unique and available guided tours give a fascinating insight into the lives of the Bloomsbury crowd which consisted of a loose group of artists, writers and intellectuals, the sister of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa being one of the prominent figures there. I found it to be  sublime and inspirational.  Words are difficult to find to express the beauty of this special place. For further information click on this link. http://www.charleston.org.uk We then walked towards Berwick Church built in the 16th century. Here were further works of arts and murals by The Bloomsbury Group, and were part of the original deco.

The next walk I did after that was a month or so later.  The Ramblers organisation sent me a copy of Walk Britain, which has 50 walking routes with Britain’s Best views. I took the book with me to Seaford and went off on my ownsome and did very well that sunny day in June. I walked the Seven Sisters Cliffs which is described in the book as a leisurely  8 mile walk! Walking slowly to the park is a leisurely walk, the Seven Sisters is somewhat strenuous  Up and down!.Up and down, Up and down!! That is the Seven Sister Cliffs!

The next walk will be the Rochester Dickens walk, another very short walk. After this I’m walking from Rye to Hastings which will be the longest I have done in years

Until next time, watch those feet!

 
BW Julie