Category: Tyne & Wear

Marsden Grotto – The Cave Bar In The Cliff

On many a journey were I have had to pass through quickly, I have always made a mental note of coming back to explore individual places a bit more thoroughly. Marsden Grotto is one of those places I vowed to myself to return to. To eat, relax and take a nice walk along the beach and cliff tops. The Pub on the beach, the cave bar. One of the only few cave bars in Europe. It is certainly different, from all angles. Nature, clifftops and beach all around yet you would not say the pub, literally built into the...

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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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The Angel of the North: standing tall

I had a trip across to Newcastle and Gateshead today. It was a beautiful sunny winters day and a nice drive across the Pennines. I was a little early for my meeting so I managed to get half an hour or so to visit the Angel of the North. This is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which stands on a hill on the southern edge of Gateshead, overlooking the A1 and the East Coast Main Line rail route. It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177...

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