Jun
2021

A weekend in the North East

I covered a lot of ground during my weekend in the North East.

HOLY ISLAND has been on my mind for a long time. I’m not sure why. I have been revisiting the North East my home land! for the last 10 years or more and during  my many weekends in the North East I never quite got that far.  It is far up as Berwick and Berwick isn’t that far from Scotland. I often think about spending a bit longer in the north East so I can visit all of my favourite places on the coast and that’s before I even consider spending some time up in Scotland.

Eventually I got to the Island thanks to a friend offering to drive up there. I will revisit another time and spend a lot more time roaming about which is my ultimate goal in life.

nature doing what it does well, ‘being there’. HOLY ISLAND

 

Holy Island/lindisfarne is something of an enigma. It can only be visited at certain times of the day, due to the tides coming in flooding the island.

https://holy-island.uk/visitor-information/

 

TAKEN BY JULIE WALKER -THE DEER PUT IN A BRIEF APPEARANCE..


THE KINGDOM OF NORTHUMBERLAND the mist hangs heavy over the land. We didn’t get to see much of Lindisfarne castle due to the fog hanging over.

PRYAMID USED IN THE PAST AS A LIGHTHOUSE FOR SAILORS.

Sand Dunes at Holy Island- I can imagine some of the scenes from the fantastic series The last Kingdom being played out here.

 

https://aelarsen.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/the-last-kingdom-the-background/

The last kingdom .. Going back a bit..

I LOVE DRIFT WOOD

 

 

We also visited the town of Bamburgh which was mega busy; that was even before Harrison Ford made it into town. He was all over the media, seen cycling around Newcastle. The film crew were shooting a film at Bamburgh castle. The Castle is worth a visit it is magnificent & situated right on the coast. Next time I visit I will make sure I visit. For a quick preview look at the link below.

https://www.bamburghcastle.com/

I  have spent many a weekend in the North East and each time it is a new experience.

This time it was a Bank Holiday weekend, each day I walked about 8 miles .Arriving Thursday I then headed to Newcastle upon Tyne quayside for a walk along the river to The Ousbourn valley.

We sat outside The Cluney in the sun sipping an alcohol free beer. It hosts two music venues and is situated in a valley along the River Ousbourn.

Many a good night has been had at this venue. saw such bands as Wire, the Rezillos and many more.

Further tales from the North east  can be read, in my post  written in 2018, Escaping the heatwave, the link is below.  It really should have been called Defining the North!  Venturing into Art and politics and trying to stay cool.

Escaping the heatwave

 

walking along The Ouseburn Valley . A rural retreat.

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne the cooperative Building.

Not everyone knows how magnificent some of the architecture is in Newcastle city centre. The arcade below has the best music shop in the world selling all musical instruments. Back in the 70s I used to go and listen to records in their listening booths.

As the sun shined brightly on Newcastle and the crowds were out, it made it difficult to do my ‘Vlog’  as intended.I had bought a harness type thing to put my iPhone in and unfortunately that didn’t quite work to plan.

Red swing bridge and Tyne Bridge behind it . Walking away from the centre.

 

A QUIET AFTERNOON WALK IN WYLAM

The bridge was originally built for the Scotswood, Newburn and Wylam Railway, to connect the North Wylam Loop with the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.

 

The sun returned the mist and fog lifted and all was well in Wylam

Time ran away and as I headed back to Newcastle there was just enough time to get back and  go back out to have a meal with an old friend. The city centre was crazy. It being a Bank Holiday, the restrictions  had lifted and The ‘toon’ was in full blown party mode. However we managed to find a quiet mexican restaurant and had a fab meal without any dramas.

Next post I attempt a circular walk in Cambridge and head back to my favourite ramble along the Seven sisters.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP ON KEEPING ON