I just know you’re ready for some fresh air and exercise this morning, and you’ve come to exactly the right place. Grab a scarf and some gloves and we’ll go and dust off those Boxing Day blues. Nothing finer than a vigorous walk along the north east coast of England.
We’re at Roker, just north of Sunderland, and smiles abound this gem of a morning. Let’s start by the tall white lighthouse that studs the green. In Summer this is the focal point for the Sunderland Air Show and breathing space is scarce. Right now, we can stroll as far as the eye can see.
I’m heading south, but you can choose. Not too many clouds in the sky this morning, but they can gang up on you when you’re least expecting. Let’s hop down on the beach and see what we can find.
The stories a pebble could tell! I look back along the beach, and then ahead, into shadow.
That’s Roker Pier you can see straight ahead. It looks far distant but it’s no more than a good stride.
The clouds are making the most enchanting reflections on the damp sand.
Just around the corner, a rather strange ‘gateway’ to Roker Park.
Don’t let it put you off. It’s rather a nice little park, especially when the Roker Lights come to town in September.
In no time at all we’re back on the sea front, and there ahead of us stands proudly curvaceous Roker Pier.
Remember I mentioned those sneaky clouds? Well, just for a few seconds…
…a drop or two of rain plops on the sand. But it’s gone in a whisper, making me doubt it was even there. I stroll back in the direction from which I’ve come, smiling at a dog walker, and a lone maiden on a rock.
For a moment I fancy she might just be a mermaid. That’s what happens when you watch ‘Splash’, the movie, on Christmas TV. Heading north again, did you spot the selfie on the beach?
There’s a good incentive to carry on around this bay. On the edge of Whitburn, Latimer’s deli and fish restaurant is a great little spot, looking out to sea. On a summer day you’ll be fighting to sit out on the sun terrace. Today it’s just that little bit cool, and squeezing inside is more desirable.
The lobster salad was such a good price, and looked delicious. I modestly settled for a lovely fish chowder. Maybe next time? I hope you’ll join me.
Thanks everyone for spending time with me today, and the whole of the year. I’ve loved having your company. I’m going to be missing for a few weeks because next Monday I’ll be on my way to the Algarve. I have 2 weeks to enjoy, and recharge my batteries. I don’t blog while I’m away, so the next walk will be posted on 23rd January. That seems a long way off. You might have forgotten me by then. If not, I’ll be open for walks as usual. Details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.
Let’s enjoy some great walks now, shall we? I’ll pop the kettle on first.
You can always rely on Anabel for a bite to eat along the way :
Indra’s in British Columbia, and very beautiful it looks too :
Sunshine in your eyes? And the ‘white stuff’, with Drake :
Beautiful architecture as Jude follows in my footsteps, along the river bank :
I know she’d love the fruit and flowers in Lady Lee’s Philippines :
Jackie found lots of ice in Florida. An unusual, if expensive, treat :
Not so chilly at the beach, with Geoff and Dog :
And where’s Woolly this week? Dodging snakes it seems!
Denzil always enjoys a breath of fresh air and a stretch of the legs :
I’m quite jealous that Sophie managed to get onto these walls :
And I’m determined to get to Cornwall next year for these scones. Thanks, Carol!
Have you come across the London Wlogger? The lady features very informative London walks :
Finishing with a little piece of leftover Christmas magic from Drake :
And closer to home- you’ll like this, Jude!- Jaspa shares some Cornish lights :
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’ll be around till the New Year, walking of course, if the opportunity arises. Make the most of your relaxed time, before we dive into 2017.