Report from July 16th

Woke up to a sunny morning on the beach and used the bags of sea coal that people had collected as a platform to keep my gear off the sand.
Then it was off to see if New Biggin could provide a breakfast. They didn’t let me down, a full size breakfast at CeeJay’s Cafe which they kindly donated!
New Biggin on Sea is a very busy little town and at 10am the bowls green was full!
Then it was a walk along the beach before swinging inland to cross the River Blyth at Sleekburn. This proved quite entertaining as the coast path takes you in a large loop to avoid going on an A road.
I have now lost my fear of A roads, nothing can be worse than the A590 before Ulverston so I sauntered along the A517, loud but about a mile shorter.
The walk along the river was peaceful other than the two lads on motorcycles who passed me , twice. No they shouldn’t have been there 🙂
Blyth was an uncompromising northern town but it had the cheapest soda and black currant so far , 50p
Walking into Whitely Bay the weather forecast was weighing on my mind. Should I wait out the heat wave?
I had a long chat with a local couple as I walked through Seaton Sluice . I now have to try Stottie cake!
On arriving in Whitely Bay I decided to stay there for an extra three nights to avoid walking in the forecast 35C heat.
Luckily my hotel sorted me out so an enforced lay off beckoned.

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