Moving south and inland to Cromwell near Newark…..

A lovely sunny day, cold but last nights frost had cleared by the morning, a good day for travel. It looks like again we dodged the heavy rain experienced in South Yorkshire and there was much evidence with water logged fields either side of the A1 as we had an easy journey (our longest towing at 113 miles!) being dual carriageway pretty much all the way. We were soon set up in the sunshine at our new home for the next 5 nights.

Over looking a fishing lake it is very tranquil here provided you can block out the low rumble of continuous traffic on the nearby A1! A walk around the lakes and village did us for the day.

Moving on to Stockton-on-Tees….

An absolute corker of a day, cold but sunny all day. An easy journey for us today, straight down the A19 for about 40 miles and 2 minutes off the road and we arrive! We are staying at White Water CAMC site, which is on the edge of the river Tees next to the White Water Park and were soon set up and ready to explore.

A short walk took as down across the Tees Barrage (a large complicated bridge / dam that protects the river from flooding in either direction by regulating the amount of water flowing into or from the tidal estuary) to the far riverside path. It us quite built up with mostly modern Durham University Campuses and small offices on this side (south) and a growing number of residential estates on the other side. Neither particularly attractive or interesting but pleasant enough for a walk along the wide path. We passed the Infinity Bridge (pedestrian) looking quite spectacular in the sunshine.

We crossed back over the river at the next bridge, walking back along the north side of the Tees taking a wander around the White Water Park in the last of the days sunshine.

It is quite clever and runs off the power of the river or tide – hopefully we shall get to see it in use whilst we are here.

Moving on to Beadnell Bay….

Only a short hop south for us today, so we were in no great hurry to leave (albeit mindful of the midday curfew) and still ended up killing time in a lay-by just south of Berwick to make sure that we didn’t get caught up in the departing traffic from our next site.

Once set up we set off to explore our surroundings. The site is just across the road from the sea, although the beach here is quite rocky and stony (photo to follow) and so we wandered along the coastal path, into the village of Beadnell to Beadnell Bay. Stopping first at the Limekiln backed little harbour.

A very small harbour, I suspect for fishing boats only, with the pleasure craft moored outside the harbour walls on the beach.

And wow what a stunning beach…..

Miles and miles (well 2 miles of it to be precise) of beautiful white sand backed by dunes – how fab? It was a little busy for Poppydog to have her freedom but we had a good walk along the waters edge and particularly enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine.

A long walk from Cocklawburn to Goswick Sands….

A very different day today, blue skies, sunshine and a little coastal breeze. Today we drove to Cocklawburn and parked up (this is the start of the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve) taking a moment to look down onto Cocklawburn Beach….

A very different look today but we didn’t loiter as we have planned a walk along the coastal path from here.

We followed the path which mostly traversed the grassland inland of the dunes, for several miles until we cut back through the dunes at Beachcomber House to this – looking to the right at Goswick Sands….

Straight ahead….

And to the left at Cheswick Sands….

Wow and we literally can’t see anyone

Needless to say Poppydog was free to run and run..

We walked the good half a mile to the sea and found an ideal log to take a moment or two to just enjoy and absorb the beauty of this place…

Poppydog happy chasing a ball or two wwhich I had fortunately brought with me as there was not a stone in sight.

And make footsteps in the sand…

Soon enough it was time to make our way back, walking along the beach, at one point having to remove my boots and socks to wade across a stream crossing the beach and still not a soul in sight.

At the far end of Cheswick Beach with a last look back…

We clambered through the dunes to rejon the coastal path for the last mile or so as the tide was too high for us to cocontinue along the beach.

What a beautiful 9.5 mile walk and what a find.

A damp walk to Cocklawburn Beach….

A pretty wet night and a rather damp and miserable day but they happen! Tired of waiting for the rain to abate we set off anyway, along Spittal Promenade and up along the cliffs. We had to share a little bit of our walk with some cows but fortunately they were not particularly interested in us. Ordinarily I would be posting some pics of the view from the cliffs but there were no views – intact we only knew the sea was there because well we knew it was there! After maybe a mile or so we started our descent and got our first look at Cocklawburn Beach.

This is one of three beaches and as there were already a few dog walkers on this beach…

We moved onto the second beach…

Which we had to ourselves – so off you go Poppydog! We wandered along a bit further to take a look at the third little beach…

Well that is enough excitement for us and with a last look down onto the beach we chose to take an inland route home – 7.5 wet miles.

We shall be back when the sun is shining.