The 9 mile walk of Druridge bay, Northumberland

My Mum & I hadn't planned to be out for long, we get carried away when we go on our beach walks, often talking and forgetting that we're actually moving! This just happened to be one of our most extreme cases!

We walked for roughly 7 hours at a leisurely pace: when we realised about 3 hours in that we were about halfway around the bay, we thought it would be lovely to see how far we could go. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and the beach was practically our own.

The shores of Druridge bay are made up of white sand, but you do come across some unexpected things whilst you walk them. We encountered a baby seal basking in the sunshine, I didn't manage to capture a photograph as it became a bit aggressive when we walked by, growling and baring its teeth (they are very cute but don't get too close as their teeth are razor sharp!). We felt it best to hurry past and leave it be as it looked perfectly healthy. We think it was just having a quick rest whilst its mother was hunting out at sea, which is often the case along Druridge Bay.

We also came across a large crab, alive and well. Only after a quick internet search do I think it was a Spiny Spider Crab although this is a bit early in the year to have sighted one as they prefer the warmer months to make an appearance. It was about the size of a beach ball, bigger than I've ever seen! After watching it for a few minutes, (and warning off dog owners with their dogs off-lead), we carried on. Not far after, we came across the uncovered ancient forests that Druridge bay once was 8000 years ago, long before the north sea dominated the horizon.

Eventually, we reached the tip of the North end of Druridge bay that overlooks the lighthouse on Coquet Island (visible from Bank Top Cottage's balcony). Since we hadn't planned on our little excursion, my lips were very dry and I have to admit I was exhausted after being in the sun for so long without a drink. (Tip: learn from my mistake, take water with you!!). We climbed the dunes and followed the road where we came across The Old Storehouse in Amble which serves food and drinks, we gulped 2 drinks each and then rushed to catch the last bus back to Ellington village and walk the rest of the way back to Cresswell. (Tip: Make sure you research local transport as taxis aren't as reliable or easy to get in rural areas... we never even thought about it until it was too late!).

We recommend this walk to anyone who loves the outdoors, you never know what you're going to find and it's right on Bank Top Cottage's doorstep.