|Date||Monday 26th August 2013|
|From||Berwick upon Tweed|
|Weather||Sunny, light headwind|
Well, Gary. Here’s a last entry from me this year as I’m now heading home from Alnmouth, about halfway between Newcastle and the Scottish border.
it’s been a great day along a great stretch of coast. First, of course, there was the causeway to the ‘holy’ island of Lindisfarne. It’s a good 3-mile ride and the wind had better not be against you. I got there early, just after the tide had pulled back. But even so, the car park there was almost full with coaches and day trippers. I managed to scoot around the island and visit the church, etc. before the thousands of visitors clogged the streets too much, as they did as I was leaving. But the midges there – or somesuch bitey insect – were quite something, and I confess that it limited my stay there.
There were lots of other cyclists on the road – it seems that the route from Newcastle to Edinburgh is a popular one, and rightly so. I travelled for three miles with a couple of Geordie women who were on their way back from Edinburgh. There were supposed to be five of them doing the trip over the bank holiday, but three had chickened out at the last minute. We went into Bamburgh where we parted company. It was great to be there again. The last time had been in January and the castle had looked grand, but nothing like as splendid as it seemed today with a brilliant blue sky in the background.
Throughout the day, I saw Geordies at play: on the beach, building sandcastles, eating ice creams, queuing for fish n chips and, it seems, donning black leathers and riding motor-trikes from Bamburgh castle to Seahouses. But it was good to see people enjoying this spectacular bit of coastline. Because it’s truly worth a visit. Walking or cycling along the beautiful Northumberland coastal path is something I recommend to you all.
And, if anyone fancies cycling round Britain’s coastline, all I can say is that it’s a fantastic experience with lots of great stuff to see!
To see some photo highlights from the last five days, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZqSX-qgmQo
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