Adventures Up North
Thursday, 24 July 2014
A few weeks ago now, J and I loaded up our little car with walking boots, wellies and waterproofs and headed up to Northumbria to meet my Mum and Dad for a mini break along the northern coast. We were ready with layers to face the supposedly fierce Northern weather, but were greeted (sweating a little) with glorious sunshine. Whilst this weather made for some pink-cheeked, damp-browed hiking, it also made for some great adventures. From paddling in the North Sea, to being dive bombed by some ferociously protective Artic Terns on the Farne Islands, we had a fair few escapades. I've collected a few of my favourite pictures below, I hope you enjoy them!
We arrived in the late afternoon to this incredible view.
And a stroll along the beach.
We were pretty excited to be breathing in the fresh, sea air so naturally had to snap a shadow selfie on the beach.
The evening was beautiful, warm and bathed in golden light.
Archie was soaking it all up...
... Whilst we spotted sea birds on the rocky shore.
The sea has my heart always and makes me feel so energised.
So energy levels all topped up, the following day we hopped on the train and sped up to Edinburgh. We climbed a portion of Arthur's Seat.
And grabbed a selfie before wending our way down to the Royal Mile.
Littered with Gothic Catherdrals, Tartan shops...
... and strange boys dancing to bagpipe music. We're looking at you, J.
Want to know where we ate in Edinburgh? Check out my post on The Crafters Barn.
Our evening was spent browsing Barter Books, an incredible converted train station full of comfy armchairs and endless editions of all the books you could want.
Some seriously cool editions. My kinda place.
We continued our adventures the following day by hopping on a boat to spot some of the North Sea's wildlife.
There's quite as much observing to do on the boat as off...
We chugged past groups of seals blinking in the sun. They were pretty incredible.
In the afternoon we jumped off onto the Farne Islands to spot puffins and Artic terns amongst other birds. We were advised to wear hats (the terns tend to dive-bomb if you get close to their nests) so that's why I'm dressed for winter and J looks like he works on an oil rig.
Also note my stylish layering of glasses...
Later that evening we entered the local pub quiz and were sadly robbed of first place! We let it go though, as we had the best name by a country mile - Archie and The Walkers.
Looking a little red around the edges from the unexpected Northern sun, aren't we?
On our last day we walked along the rough and rocky coast line and finally I snapped a picture of my three holiday companions!
We stopped for lunch at The Jolly Fisherman in Craster and I tried The Jolly Fish board, laden with crab, prawns, salmon and all sorts of other delights! If you're ever in the area I'd highly recommend. Also who knew a herring role mop was SO DARN DELICIOUS?!
Just enough time for a quick dip in the bracing northern sea (I love Arch shaking off the chilly sea in this photo) and it was time to pack up our unused waterproofs and head back home.
We had such a lovely break, it is always such a treat to adventure on the English coast. We have so many gems to explore so I'm pleased to say I've experienced the Northumbrian coast.