Category: Britain

Tyne To Tees Walk: From Nose’s Point to Easington Colliery

New sights and new things to discover. After a lunch pause at the cafe in Seaham Marina it was time to get back on the coastal path. I was on the Tyne to Tees Walk and halfway through day two. So many wonderful scenic miles done and many more to go, wonderful. Heading South out of Seaham it really is no time at all before you come to the stunning Nose’s Point. Ahead as you walk up the outcrop comes into view. Hard to believe this was the site of a colliery even as late as 1991 that employed...

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Tyne to Tees Walk: From Sunderland to Seaham

It was time for a new day on this fabulous walk along the coast from the Tyne to the Tees. The first day was a trove of treasures and history, I was looking forward to the next leg. What would the next morning bring? Well now to head further South, out of Sunderland and back onto the clifftops fill of amazing sea views. It doesn’t take long before you are back out of the City and onto the cliff tops. Open views both inland and out to sea. It was going to be a refreshing day for body and...

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Tyne to Tees Walk: From The Tyne to Roker

It was time to begin… A glorious walk along one of the best stretches you can walk of the British Coast. From the River Tyne at South Shields all the way down to the River Tees at Hartlepool. I was going to spend 4 great days to take it all in properly, and I was damn well going to enjoy every single mile! The start point? By the Tyne and at Customs House. Now a theatre/cinema this listed building was once a customs post built in the 1860s for what was once a huge shipping industry. It was time...

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Newstead Abbey – Roving through the gardens in the footsteps of Lord Byron

The gardens and grounds of Newstead Abbey are a pleasure to visit, relaxing and romantic as you might expect when you’re walking in the footsteps of the renowned romantic poet, Lord Byron. Newstead Abbey never was an Abbey, in fact it was built as a priory, The Priory of St. Mary of Newstead and was founded by King Henry ll of England. After the dissolution of monasteries, King Henry Vlll of England granted Newstead Abbey to Sir John Byron of Colwick in Nottinghamshire on 26th May 1540 and began converting Newstead into a country house.  The poet, George Gordon...

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Over Kirkstone Pass in the Vauxhall Mokka X

In Cumbria there is a road that captures the imagination of all who drive over it. Kirkstone Pass! It is the highest pass in the Lake District, UK with what you could call a major road over it. It is quite simply a stunning drive whatever the weather. The gradient reaches 1:4 so be prepared for low gears, but also be prepared for amazing views. The altitude at the top of the pass is 1,489 feet (454m). As the driver you of course need to concentrate on these kind of roads, but it was a great opportunity to enjoy it in...

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Cumbria Adventures in The Vauxhall Mokka X

When someone asks me if I fancy a challenge or an adventure then those that know me I can never resist. So, when Vauxhall challenged me to have as much adventure as possible in 48 hours with the new Mokka X I was sure to say ‘bring it on, let’s go!’ Of course Cumbria is one of my favourite places on earth so where better to combine the adventures, driving, views and miles. It was time to head off to the Lake District. I must say the drive up there was made a whole lot easier than I am...

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