Northumberland’s beaches are spectacular. Joining them all up in a fatbike journey is something I’ve been thinking of for a while. With Liz away for a weekend swimming at Swanage, it seemed the ideal time.
I parked the car up at work and relived my old commute from the days we lived in North Shields, so riding through Hebburn and Jarrow to get the passenger ferry over to North Shields.
After a bit of roadwork, I drop down onto Whitley Bay beach. Just after taking a photo, I chat with a runner, who calls me “hardcore” and them am joined by another fat biker, and we ride together chatting until he needs to head off to see his mother (which is good for me, as I can ease off the pace).
I was semi-planning to have dinner at the excellent pub at Low Newton, but the beach was busy, and the pub more so. Onwards and northwards… onto Beadnall Bay, and time to call it a day. I check into their campsite, put up the tent and make use of their fish and chip van (which is excellent). Early to bed, and being joined tomorrow by a few guys for the section north to Holy Island, after which I make the short ride to Berwick to try to get the bike on a train to Newcastle!