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Holywell Dene Nordic Walk

Holywell Dene Nordic Walk

Sun 30th July 2017

A great forecast for the day and the group of 16 met up at Fountain Head Car Park.  Most of the group had walked with me before and two newbies, Hilary and Jill, who were welcomed to the group.

Bob very kindly agreed to help me with the group and he took up the front of the group whilst I ensured the group were okay.

We headed off along towards Whitley Bay passing the beautiful St Mary’s Island, quick group photograph taken by Sharon (who really doesn’t like her photograph taken).

We followed the path past the caravan park and along the dismantled railway and followed the waggonway to Holywell Dene.  We had a short stop for drinks and snacks before heading through Holywell Dene.

Holywell Dene is a steep sided ancient semi-natural woodland and is traversed by a small river known as the Seaton Burn. Between Old Hartley and Seaton Sluice, where the river enters the sea, the valley widens into a tidal flood plain.

We stopped on a small bridge for another group shot before crossing a stile and heading along towards Seaton Sluice.

Val and Cathy were both getting hungry and luckily we were less than half a mile away from the tea shop.

At the end of the walk, we crossed over to Castaways Tea Shop, some sat inside and some outside.
Scones, sandwiches and quiche were consumed before everyone headed off home.

Massive thank you to Bob for helping me, I really appreciate it.

I hope you all enjoyed the walk and I hope to see you very soon.

The next Nordic walk is 20th August in Rothbury and one of my favourite walks, Whitton Hillhead.


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