A day through the woodland to the beach

I’m fortunate enough to live in an area where there are so many places to visit for a day out.

I live on the North East coast, If I travel North I have Northumberland, If I travel south I have Yorkshire and the east coast such as Whitby, and If I travel West I have Cumbria. I am surrounded by beautiful areas up and down the coast and remote woodland in all directions, Some are further than others but an hour or so in the car isn’t bad.

Sometimes I don’t have to travel very far to have a good couple of hours out with my first born. Last week we traveled to one of our favourite walks; a beautiful woodland with wildlife all around – Hawthorn Dene.


The walk through the woodland is easy enough and you could easily take a buggy if needed.

As you walk through the woodland you reach an opening which we usually stop and have a picnic and watch the trains pass by. This time out we walked a little bit further than usual, and you come to a fantastic viaduct stretching way up in the trees. As you get closer a little path goes off through the trees then down under the viaduct which brings you to a beach. (This isn’t good for buggy as the steps down are steep and the beach very rocky)

It’s the type of place where your children’s imagination can go wild. Lots of opportunity for playing and exploring through this vast area. And as always plenty of sticks for your kids to play with, (as for some reason kids love sticks).

As we approached the beach Z immediately started playing with Marley, throwing stones for him and making him dive into the rock pools.

We then went Limpet hunting and had a nice walk up the beach. Its not the easiest beach to walk on due to the amount of rocks around but it has more to offer for play time and adventure – lots of rock pools you can explore and you never know you may find some sea creatures.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.



  1. 22nd November 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Love the photo of your dog having a good nosey in the rock pool – love walking along the beach in winter (as long as the wind and rain isn’t too bad).

    • 22nd November 2017 / 6:14 pm

      He’s a strange one. He always goes diving. There isn’t anything better than a nice walk.

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