So the time has come for us to leave Newcastle after calling it home for the last 6 years. The North East has been a fantastic place to live and in no particular order here are the top 5 things we’re going to miss:
Newcastle really is an ideal base for climbers. With two superb city centre indoor climbing centres – Newcastle Climbing Centre and Climb Newcastle to ch0ose from, barely a week has gone by without us hitting the routes. And in less than 20 minutes you can be at one of many great outdoor spots such as Shaftoe Crags or Whickham Thorns. Sunderland climbing centre is also worth a visit!
2. Beer (and places to drink it) The number of microbreweries in the North East is immense! We’ve discovered some great local ales over the last few years and enjoyed many a pint with friends. A few of our recommendations would be; Wylam Shot Pit (can also be used to make a great donut at Blackfriars), Allendale Golden Plover, Mordue Brewery Workie Ticket and Brew Dog Dead Pony Club. And our top pick of Newcastle pubs to enjoy them in: Brandling Villa, Free Trade Inn, Brew Dog, Tyne Bar.
The North Coast is quite possibly my favourite place in the UK. Miles of golden sandy beaches that, if the temperature was considerably warmer, could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean! Whether it is walking, surfing or horse riding I can’t recommend it enough. Seaton Sluice is great for sand dunes and is almost always quite and Low Newton is the best for breathtaking views of Dunstanburgh Castle and a cracking seaside pub – the ship inn.
4. Countryside Walks
Newcastle is surprisingly close to some fantastic scenic walks and dramatic countryside. Anyone living in Newcastle and wanting to get outside more, we’d really recommend this AA walking guide for Durham and Northumberland – there’s a huge variety of short and long walks and normally a good pub suggestion too. Simonside Hills, Allen Banks and Once Brewed are a few of our favourite spots.
Well we’re not going to miss the actual cows (they can be quite evil) but living in a city that is full of open grassy areas and enough space to graze cows has been a real novelty!