Yesterday we headed for Whitley Bay on the east coast of England, just to the right of Newcastle. Dean had been keeping an eye on the forecast and we knew the roads we were going on had all been cleared so off we went.
The journey was the first one without any dramas! We made good time and arrived at the Whitley Bay CC site in about three hours. It amazes us that the site details state that all pitches are hard standing…so why do you have to drive over grass to get to every single one?! It defies logic. Anyway, we found a pitch right down the front facing out onto the North sea and we’ve been battered by the wind ever since.
The wardens advise us that this is positively balmy weather compared to the weekend when they had wind gusts up to 60mph – now they’re only around the 40mph mark. Having got set up we took a walk into Whitley Bay which took us 40 minutes and we were absolutely freezing! The wind chill was immense as we were walking along the coastal path, so much so we admitted defeat after our shopping and got the bus back.
Today we caught the bus into Newcastle. The bus stop is only 200m from the site entrance and costs £4.10 return each for a 45 minute bus ride. We visited the Millennium Bridge, the Swing Bridge, the Sage Gateshead and had a bite to eat in Graingers Market.
Despite being frozen to the bone we had a great day out and walked for hours as the city is massive. It would be worth going back in the summer to explore all the side streets and architecture but this week has just been too cold!