(Photo Credit: Kath)

"Adventures with Flora, my bonnie bike

 I remember it was a beautiful sunny day when my adventure began. We packed plenty of water for our journey and headed down the waggonways of North Tyneside to my first stop….

St Mary’s Lighthouse, where I have spent many an hour searching through the rock pools looking for sea creatures with both my children and grandchildren with their bucket and spades in hand then playing on the rocks and beach. We would then always head onto the island, tides permitting to get an ice cream and look round the souvenir shop. St Mary’s Island is still very much my go to destination with Flora to take in the views and the serenity of the lighthouse.

We then headed along the blustery coastline across the top of the dunes to reach our next stop; The Dome, we stopped to take time and stare at the impressive restoration of The Dome in all its glory. Stirring memories of when I was a kid daring to go on the Big Dipper at the Spanish City. It was the place to be. Now I go to the Champagne Bar to enjoy the wonderful sea views through the floor to ceiling windows of the original building whilst having a tipple or two. I stayed for lunch here getting takeaway fish and chips ladened with salt and vinegar, what a treat!!

Cycling through the fishing village of Cullercoats we reached our final stop before heading home… The Priory, One of my favourite views of all time. ‘Once upon a time’ in the history of Tynemouth, thanks to the Monks we now have a place to enjoy live music festivals in the grounds of the Priory which is surreal and on beautiful balmy evenings you can get lost in the atmosphere overlooking the mouth of the Tyne and reminiscing those happy memories as kids on King Edwards beach which lies below."