Wintery beach scene
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Gallery: blowing the cobwebs away at Druridge Bay

Just a few miles north of built-up post-industrial Tyneside lies the wide expanse of Druridge Bay. Its seven miles of sands are lined with sand dunes and are just perfect for a winter walk. The landscape is an interesting mix, with wind turbines visible in the distance but otherwise feeling rather remote.

This has become our number one choice for an outing on New Year’s Day, to blow away the cobwebs after the previous evening’s eating and drinking. If the weather permits, and this year it did, we grab our cameras and make the 30 minute drive up here to stretch our legs, feel the sea breezes and listen to the crash of the waves on the shore.

Of course we are never alone, and it appears that each time we come a few more people have discovered the delights of Druridge. But including others in our photos seems only to emphasise the wild nature of the waves and shore. Dog walkers, stone skimmers, sea coal gatherers, ball game players, wellington boot paddlers – even a few hardy picnickers!

For this week’s Monday Walk with Jo I am sharing some of the photos I took just those few days ago, as we walked part of this beach. I love the coast like this at least as much as I do in warmer weather, if not more so. I hope you will too.

Beach view with seaweed in foreground

Stranded seaweed

Man and child at the edge of the sea with wind turbines beyond

Silver sands

Small child in shallow water with the sea and distant wind turbines behind

Splashing around in the shallows

Man with a bucket in shallow water with the sea and distant wind turbines behind

A bucket for sea coal perhaps?

Man and child at the edge of the sea with a small bucket
Looking for sea coal?
Silhouetted wind turbines and reflections on a beach
Wave patterns and wind turbines
Two dogs at the edge of the sea

Doggy paddles

Lines of waves crashing on the shore

Waves breaking

Wintery beach scene

A hint of sun

The weather was best described as ‘changeable’, with spots of rain but also very brief glimpses of the sun. As a result we had the special New Year treat of a partial rainbow. The pot of gold must have been deep beneath the waters of the North Sea, but the bright colours were treasure enough.

Rainbow above a large beach

Rainbow over the bay

Rainbow over the sea

And over the North Sea

I visit Druridge often; these photos were all taken in January 2023


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