Our travels took us to South-West Northumberland, a place which i myself have not had the pleasure of walking around. There are many places round this beautiful part of Northumberland to walk, but for us we chose to walk round Deneholm woods which is literally right next to the small village of Allendale.
We parked in Allendale itself, which was easily accessible, parking places were crying out for cars. We decided to walk from Allendale town centre back over the bridge and up the hill which then took us to an opening to Deneholm woods. The woods have been well looked after, walks clearly sign posted and wooden bridges built to walk across the River Allen.
Above are a few pictures taken from our walk at the beginning.
As we got out from Deneholm woods we began to approach a few houses/cottages, one of which had around 20 to 30 chickens casually exploring the local environs.
I’m no expert but as the back of the car clearly states, this is a Rover, an old one at that but it has been kept in such pristine condition that it deserved to be framed. What an absolute beauty.
We decided to go back from the cottages as time was getting on and the route appeared exhausted as there were no clear visible paths so we walked and from this bridge i was able to capture some wildlife, or at least i tried to frame it.
On we went, back to the town of Allendale by going back the same way we came. The walk itself is about 2 miles long. Serious walkers need not apply but anyone who would like to enjoy a small but peaceful walk then this is the one. Once we were back at Allendale, this pub we were sure kept calling our names, so we thought it would be rude not to go in buy a pint!
So we decided to go to Bolam Lake to do some Sunday strolling and we were pleasantly surprised by the different species of tree’s and plants there. The walk round Bolam Lake is beautifully tranquil especially this time of year when everything is springing to life. We were hoping to see a Kingfisher lurking round the lake, either our eyes weren’t sharp enough or it had already had its tea!
Bolam Lake is a Country Park based in Northumberland, which is roughly 2 miles north of the historic village of Belsay and just off the A696. It’s surroundings are just as beautiful as the place itself, with nothing but farmers fields surrounding it. The lake itself is host to Mute Swans, Goldeneye Ducks, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers (although unfortunately none were spotted). As every place in Northumberland, i try to take some pictures that will hopefully encapsulate the true beauty of the place, and there are also some fantastic photos on google images, some at different times of the year.
Although this photo has been edited, there were a couple of hand crafted armchairs and a sofa to sit on to view one part of Bolam. Fantastic for a much needed rest or for simply absorbing the beauty.
The walk itself offered its own perspective of the lake. What’s also great about Bolam Lake is the parking itself is free and there are two car parks nearby, and if it also happens to be quite busy there are also lay-by’s nearby to park in too. If you’re native to Northumberland, and you’ve never been to Bolam Lake for a walk, can i recommend you go, it’s a great place to take the family as there are plenty of seats round the lake and also an open space for picnics. They also have a visitor centre with toilets which can be handy for those of us who don’t prepare ourselves or are nearly caught out!
The tree’s themselves had also been weathered into funny positions or perfectly poised in the lake, almost resembling camouflaged crocodiles. A goldeneye duck protecting it’s young from amateur photographers like me!
Again, another set of photo’s showing the different species of plants and tree’s. At this time of year Bolam is blooming beautiful.
The boardwalk is well built, maintains vegetation from us humans stampeding all over it and it creates another dimension to the walk.
Goldeneye chicks which were calling for mama and papa after I’d tried to take a stealthy picture of the both of them.
This was an edited photo of the boardwalk.
So whether you’re native or not, go for a stroll round Bolam Lake and maybe take some sandwiches with you and listen to nature happening all around you. It’s definitely a place we’ll be frequently visiting for those walks where you need to unwind a little.
Many people won’t associate this beach as being one of the best in the World, but for those who do agree, then it must be said, everything about Cresswell Beach is outstanding. From the imposing dunes when walking on the base of the beach to the miles of coastline stretching beyond the horizon, it’s easy to see why Cresswell Beach has a special place in people’s minds and hearts. Many Northumbrians and indeed those who have travelled the length and breadth of the Country flock to Cresswell to experience it’s beauty and with miles of coastline, there’s enough space for everyone to enjoy it. This beach also welcomes many wildlife to its shores and it has been known for Dolphins to swim upon its shores, often in the evenings where sightings have been made.
Those who are familiar with this beach will know it stretches for miles and in all weather, come rain, sleet, snow or sunshine, Cresswell Beach always retains its true beauty because of its natural features. North of Cresswell is Druridge Bay which is part of the same stretch of Coastline. To stand on this beach can transform any form of angst into harmony and peace and materialistic desires fade into pure simplicity of just ‘being’. This is the place where many people choose to walk their dogs, to surf, canoe, metal detecting, dune jumping or to simply sit and relax and watch the waves coming in or out.
Below is a taste of what to expect when you’re on the Cresswell beach. It is remarkably clean despite its popularity at times but people who come here respect the area and help to maintain its true beauty. Although this picture was taken in the depths of Winter it still encapsulates what a truly magnificent landscape it really is. Once more, when it’s low tide, the rocks are often exposed, which offer a different dynamic along with the concrete blocks from the War which remain on the beach to this day.
Accessibility to the beach is good with various car parks nearby, the largest being the one opposite the Drift Cafe where there are three separate car parks. There is also a car park near Cresswell Ices too which is roughly 300 yards south of the Drift Cafe. There is also another car park which is roughly another mile North of Cresswell. Drift Cafe has gone from strength to strength and continues to serve a range of foods and drink, notably a big fan of their hot chocolate and cake, which is not to be missed for those wanting to put their metabolism to the test. Below: A picture of boats and the Drift Cafe blossoming with business and a new car park, purposely built due to its increasing popularity and glowing reviews.
Cresswell Ices has been a long standing institution in its own right, a family run business which continues to make fresh ice cream. This ice-cream shop is often full when the weather is great but even when it’s not, people still find time to enjoy their favourite ice-cream. There are two benches for those who get there first or are lucky enough to find empty on a bright, sunny day.
There are also two caravan parks which are hugely popular in the summer (Cresswell Towers and also Golden Sands), with many people who come from the outer reaches of the planet, to those a little closer to home, but are after a much needed break. These caravan parks do attract many visitors which is good for the local businesses in the area and this is where Cresswell and the surrounding areas can thrive. Although Cresswell can become a hotpot of popularity in the summer months, because of its sheer size, there is always a place on the beach for everyone.
Cresswell epitomises the embodiment of a hug, at low tide, the expanse of the landscape is like its arms are open wide, and at high tide, the current can become quite hazardous. Please be aware of its dangers, but sat from on top of the dunes it can feel like the ocean wraps its arms round the beach. I recommend visiting Cresswell and experience the raw and rugged coastline of Northumberland.