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Things to do in Northumberland

Amazing, fun things to do in Northumberland, days out in and around Northumberland to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Northumberland.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

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15th March 2019

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Northumberland Coastal Path

It is always exciting and uplifting for children and adults when walking by the sea. And walking on a coastal path is the best way to do it. The Northumberland coastal path is split into 6 stages, each of which can be done in a day. We did part of Stage 3 which runs from Seahouses to Craster.

Local Walk

Whilst staying in Beadnell we decided to walk a stretch of the coastal path to Low Newton. You can park at Beadnell in the free car park close to the historic harbour. And either do as we did which was to walk there and back. Or you can walk there and catch the bus back.

The walk was a relatively easy one as most of it was along the beach and lovely and flat.

On reaching Low Newton we enjoyed the view of the beautiful sandy bay spread out in front of us. It took us an hour and a half to walk one way and three hours to walk back!

Local Walk - Northumberland Coastal Path
Local Food and Drink - Northumberland Coastal Path

Local Food and Drink

On arrival in Low Newton we headed to the Ship Inn for lunch. This popular pub right on the beach is a microbrewery. The local beer, called Dolly Daydream washed down the crab sandwiches beautifully.

A locally made bread roll called stottie was on the menu too. 

Along this tiny stretch of coast there is a smokehouse at Craster. We bought some locally smoked kippers for our supper and they were enjoyed with local Alnwick gin and Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic which is made in Northumberland. 

Local Wildlife

On our way back to Beadnell we stopped to do some stone balancing. Very therapeutic.

We also stopped to chat to the rangers at Long Nanny, a little tern breeding colony run by the National Trust. We saw little terns and arctic terns sitting on their eggs   Apparently little terns are in decline and are amber listed as a species of conservation concern. At Long Nanny they have rangers guarding the birds from predators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Apart from people the birds are also in danger from foxes, badgers and stoats. And the silly things lay their eggs too close to the water and the high tide can wash them away.

The wild flowers along the walk were beautiful too. 

Local Wildlife - Northumberland Coastal Path

Next time we go we plan to do the driving Trail from Craster to Warkworth too.

18th December 2017

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