This month we're coasting along from Beadnell to Seahouses. Words and photographs: by David Taylor
Perhaps its because were an island country but we appear slightly enthusiastic about boats and messing about from the water. Britain familiar with make a staggering percentage associated with the globes boats, a substantial portion that were made here in the North East. Today, needless to say, the Tyne and Wear shipyards are shut, but you may still find individuals in the region generating an income from ocean.
This months walk takes united states from Beadnell on Northumbrian coastline up to the town of Seahouses and back. Both villages have harbours that solution both commercial and leisure sailing. Happily you do not have to have good sea legs for walk, though you have the alternative of a visit across water.
The stroll begins at Beadnell harbour. Beadnell boasts eastern Englands just west-facing harbour. In addition features an excellent set of limekilns that have been built at change of 19th century. Dotted around the harbour are usually an appealing number of sailing and fishing boats for sale. Throughout the summertime the Beadnell Sailing Club organises a consistent group of activities for the people of a nautical bent.
Through the harbour create your way onto Harbour path past seashore Court. Follow the road to a junction then continue northwards, after the primary roadway across the coastline. Ultimately youll reach a cluster of shops alongside a grassy triangle. Keep on until you achieve the junction using the B1340.
The path today employs the B1340 practically all how you can Seahouses. Once beyond the entry to your Seahouses club (which can be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season) turn right at after that junction, after the indications the North-Sea Trail. Turn left once you achieve a T-junction of routes and carry on north across the coast and into Seahouses harbour.
Seahouses is the closest that the Northumberland shore extends to the giddy delights of Blackpool. Unabashedly a visitor pitfall, the key street through town is a cheerful mix of fish-and-chip restaurants, amusement arcades and novelty present shops. These hedonistic interruptions have finally replaced fishing while the prime commercial activity of Seahouses.
The harbour is still busy, though perhaps not with working trawlers. Nowadays, ships simply take people to the nearby wildlife sanctuary associated with Farne isles, famed for their seal population, and for breeding colonies of puffins, terns as well as other ocean birds. When you have the time, its worth a visit across to your countries. While you continue along the harbour the kiosks regarding the cruise businesses are easy to spot and generally are a colourful the main harbour area.
Walk up Harbour Road and change left straight back on the B1340. Cross-over and change directly into Seahouses primary car park. Although car areas arent the absolute most exciting subject to describe, usually the one in Seahouses does feature a really of good use tourist information center in which resort rooms are scheduled and information about regional places gathered.
Go over the period of the automobile park to rejoin the North Sea Trail path during the far end. Turn left where the North Sea Trail road is entered by a public right-of-way to pass through the top Osbourne Gardens. Maintain along the path and soon you get to Osbourne Terrace. Follow the roadway round after which turn left onto Main Street.
Though theres no reason why you should have noticed, youve today passed out-of Seahouses and into North Sunderland. The village of North Sunderland in fact pre-dates Seahouses. There's proof of medieval farming in your community, with traces of ridge and furrow ploughing still noticeable at nearby St Aidans Dunes. However, it was the herring trade therefore the building of a harbour that spurred the rise of the villages. This growth caused the building of a residential district of sea-houses on coast the fishermen and their families.
Cross-over Main Street and switch right almost instantly down Southern Lane. Make the first left turn then change appropriate once you reach a public footpath. Stick to the footpath south over the sides of several farm areas after which cross Annstead Burn making use of a footbridge. Stick to the burn to a farm track. Switch remaining onto the track and follow it through a farm and straight back on the B1340.