Redworth Hall Hotel
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Money and other constraints mean I can't go further south but the original plan was to cross into Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and to a fascinatingly post (hopefully!) ebolared Liberia.
Unusually for me I'm quite apprehensive. Maybe it's because it's a longer journey or perhaps I, like my big yellow friend at home who is now the proud dad to a litter of Lurcher pups have grown up.
I got issued ...
... the waterfront at North Shields before meeting Andrew and Vicky for a fantastic lunch. Tom finally had his Yorkshire Pudding! Andrew and Vicky set off for London (5-6 hrs driving) having convinced Tom and me that we should drive to South Shields and Marsden Grotto. We weren't disappointed. The coastline is particularly interesting here.
Armed with google maps we found the A69 home in time to pack ready for an early departure tomorrow for the Lake District.
We leave Woodbridge and head to the coast visiting a couple of little towns along the way, Pretty scary roads but beautiful countryside. We make our way north and end up in Sunderland for the night which is on the coast. It raining and almost blizzard conditions when we arrive and very difficult to find accommodation, Eventually we get some and then rooms had to change because wifi wouldn't work, Enjoyed some nice fish and chips int he new ...
... diving for fish. After watching them and stopping for a tea and scone we walked along the coastal path to the ruined Dunstanburgh Castle looking at the Forget-me-nots and dazzling yellow Gorse. The unspoilt Northumberland coast is dotted with castles set on strategic headlands between superb beaches, only saved from large scale exploitation by the chilly climate and cold sea. Having said that the infrastructure could not support many tourists either as the roads are ...
... and we are so glad we made the effort of visiting. You can only visit the bunker on a guided tour which was great as the guide gave us an excellent insight into this bunker which was used as a nuclear fallout monitoring station between 1961 and 1991 and is still set-up as it was on its last day of operation. Kate and Roy were fascinated with the 1980s computers! "Wow they are so big but the monitors are so small!!!" This bunker was ...