Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 27, 2012

Sun – at last

enjoying ice cream at pacitto’s

 On Friday afternoon, the sun was shining and we were able to take advantage of a “flyer” from working. We decided to cycle up to Marske , then along the seafront and into Redcar to enjoy a “lemon top” in a cornet. Delicious. Then it was back to the Boro along the cycle path on the trunk road- the surface has deteriorated considerably in the past couple of years. We cycled 25 miles and were still home before 6.00pm.

Saturday dawned fair and so we were on the road by 7.30am. We used the cycle track to cross the Newport Bridge and then alongside the A19 to Norton. Here we rode through the village and along quite roads to the Castle Eden Walkway to ride up to Hurworth Burn resevoir where we stopped to have breakfast. We watched 3 graceful herons stretching out their wings to ride the air currents above the water.

Then off again up through Station Town and across the field path to the junction with route 14. The route is part of the Hart to Haswell track and is also part of a diused rail line. The best part it’s nearly all down hill from here to Hartlepool and passes underneath the A19 with cars rushing overhead. Once in the outskirts of  Hartlepool we saw a track to the Headland and decided, as we had never been that way we would try something different. I’m glad we did. Hartlepool has a very long history dating back to it’s founding as a monesterial settlement in 640AD. The bishop of Lindisfarne, Aidan liked to put his settlements onto islands and at the time the Headland was the island of Hart. There are a series of plaques with information on them all topped by a monkey. We didn’t find them all but quite a few.

There has been a gun battery here on the Headland for hundreds of years defending attack from the sea

The Heugh

At the Heugh, we were told this is the only place there has been a battle on the mainland during WW1.


From the Lighthouse , we quickly found our way to Hartlepool sewing centre for me to buy machine needles and then it was off along to Seaton Carew for lunch. Quite by chance I saw a sign at the Marine hotel for a QUILT SHOW so after lunch I made a detour and have to admit to purchasing a couple of yards of fabric for my stash.

We returned home via route 14 across the fields from Greatham to Billingham and then home. 45 miles in total. The quilt show was a lucky find but sun, cycling and fabric what more can a girl wish for?



  1. Sounds like you’re getting in some nice rides. Wish I was. Bogged down with work, and travelling for work, and am lucky to get ou even for short jaunts. Nice descriptions of your contryside!

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