We were staying with friends in Northhumbria, and one of the first places they took us to was Tynemouth on the North Sea coast. We travelled by train arriving in a remarkable railway station. The magnificently restored Vctorian station is the setting for a popular weekend market.
The coastline at Tynemouth is dramatic with waves crashing onto the beautiful golden sands of King Edwards Bay. Towering over this is the Priory and Castle with the Collingwood Monument in the distance. It is obvious that this is the perfect place to enjoy breath-taking walks in surroundings that are steeped in history.
Along the main street there were some attractive shops and interesting looking buildings – many displaying Blue Plaques. We stopped for coffee and cakes at Woods Coffee on Front Street. There were stunning views from where we were sitting sheltered from the cold wind.
This day out was a wonderful introduction to the majestic Northumbrian countryside.