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" Northumberland - 2 - Newton Beach "

 

Date & start time:     Sunday 29th April 2018. (pm).             ( Map ref SS 417 881 )

Location of Start :   Melvin Cottage Cottage, Low Newton by the Sea, Northumberland, UK.

Stayed at :                 Melvin Cottage, Low Newton by the Sea Northumberland, UK.

Places visited :        The Newton Pool Nature Reserve and the beach.

Walk details :           A local walk for the dogs and ourselves.

With :                         Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                  Blue skies but a cool breeze.

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After a short morning walk to Newton Point I took the opportunity to visit the bird hide alongside the Newton Pool Nature Reserve.

Ann would have a beach walk and hopefully we would meet up somewhere along the way afterwards.

Down to the square and then follow the road around the back of the houses.

The Visitor Board extols the virtues of the reserve . . .
. . . and shows the path to reach it.

The village of Low Newton was built by the local landowner in the early 19th century, in the form of a three sided group of fishermen's cottages.

The idea was to allow his estate workers to include fishing as an extra form of income to supplement their normal agricultural wage.

To the side of the houses there is a boat parking area, now mainly used by leisure craft rather than working boats.

The track takes you out passed the first of two fresh water pools on the ground behind the sand dunes.

Ahead is Risemoor Holiday Cottage mentioned on the map.

Two Canada Geese search the grasslands for food.

Greylag Geese by the pool.

To get to the bird hide the path continues behind the cottage and past a low lying wetland area.

A Robin perches above me . . . unbothered by my passing.
I think I've found the hides.

Inside I settle down and open the window hatch to see out.

There's another Graylag off to the right.

A large Grey Heron flies over the main pool . . . heading for the reed bed over the back.

A Black Headed Gull perches on a depth marker pole.

The one greylag has been joined by two others.

Out on the water, a water-splashed Coot

The majestic Mute Swan paddles across the pool.

A terrible photo but I just like the attitude of the coot running across the water !

Out to the left, a black crow, most likely a Carrion Crow

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I shut the viewing window as it is time to be heading off towards the beach.

In the dunes at the back of the beach are a large number of chalets.

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The pottery sign on number 34,

possibly offers an insight into the owners of the property.

 

Possible a couple with a spaniel or larger retriever

who love the seaside and travel down here from their big house ?

 

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This chalet on the top of the dunes has a really nice view of the bay and the castle.

Looking back at Low Newton from the top of the dunes . . . Ann should be along soon . . .

in fact that looks like her now (spot the white dog).

Very soon after she stopped to take a picture of me walking down onto the beach.

Their lordships enjoying a second walk of the day.

Dylan races up onto the dunes.

Hold your cursor over the picture to catch his attention.

He's on the lookout for any passing morsels of food to eat . . .

[ Sorry for being on the phone . . . it was Dee and John who were making arrangement for meeting up tomorrow.]

Time to turn around and walk back.

We've walked the full length of the beach on other occasions

and we hope to visit the castle later in the week too.

Still it doesn't mean that we can't take an extra picture today, especially as the weather is so clear.

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Earlier we had seen a sign advertising live music at the pub, at the end of the afternoon before they started serving meals.

. . . so we call back to see what's on offer.

A group called "Wayward Jane" were playing American blues, Irish tunes and similar music to an attentive audience.

They were really good

so in lieu of entry money we invested in a CD that they had on offer . . . signed as being from the Ship Inn 2018.

A great start to our week long holiday.

Let's hope the weather continues to be as nice as it has been this last day and a half.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix Tz60 Compact, or my Panasonic Gx8 mid-range System Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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Previous walk - 28th/29th April - Low Newton and Newton Point

A previous time in the area - 21st September 2015 - Our Beadnell Holiday

Next walk - 30th April 2018 - With Dee and John