Northward Bound

South Shields-my birthplace



We had a great 5-6 mile walk along the cliff tops. I guess we take our heritage for granted, but having spent some of my childhood there & later teenage years, I spent little time walking along the beach. The coastal area is maintained by the National Trust and although the area has been damaged to some extent by previous recessions it is resilient.

Souter Lighthouse to South Shields walk graphic

Craster in Northumberland

We then ventured Further up from the South Shields coastline to visit Craster in Northumberland. It had started raining fiercely and we got a bit frightened off by the massive herd of cows who seemed intent on blocking our path at the gate that led to Dunstanburgh Castle. The photo of the cows doesn’t quite do it justice, but it was funny They were grazing down by the rocks and when they saw us coming they all ran towards the gate! I didn’t have the nerve to just walk through them! City Dwellers at heart.

These cows were actually galloping!


You can just about make Dunstanburgh Castle in the background, but being soaked through after walking about a half a mile we walked back and sat under shelter and enjoyed the local Craster kipper in a bun! I need to spend more time in Northumberland and make at least a week of it.


kippers at Craster

Craster fishing village in the rain

Craster fishing village in the rain


Live Theatre

Heading back to Newcastle Upon Tyne, where I lived from about 5 years old to 14 then returned on and off in my 20’s. 

We saw a wonderful production at a new play called TYNE written by Michael Chaplin.;

A fantastic talented musical cast journeying in time and space along the banks of the Tyne. This brand new play maps the epic history atmosphere and soul of this mighty river in story, music and images.

Chaplin’s TYNE live theatre

Illustrated with evocative imagery of the River Tyne is accompanied by live songs and music inspired by the river compiled by musical director, Kathryn Tickell. The music was exceptional and extremely moving. http://www.live.org.uk


I’m going to be doing a few walks around Kent/ Rye and Hastings over the next few weeks. 


In the meantime I am looking forward to swimming /cold beers and cinema!!!..xxx

Will keep you posted.




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