I love Winter beach strolls when the tourists are all long gone and the only people out and about are locals and dog walkers. Seeing miles and miles of open sands and wrapping up in your Winter coat for a brisk walk along the seafront is so good for the soul.
The weather was lovely with beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies. Unfortunately that also meant that it was rather arctic and my outfit choice of a wool mini skirt was perhaps a little daft. We had an enjoyably walk from the town centre down to the sea front and along the promenade to Trow Rocks where we had a short climb for some lovely views across the sea to Tynemouth.
Unfortunately by this point our faces were frozen and my jaw was beginning to ache (possibly from the cold or maybe from too much talking ... you decide!) So we cut our walk short and headed off to find some warmth.
The first place we came across was the Sand Dancer Beach Bar which was warm and cosy with lovely window tables looking out to the sea. We were very lucky to get ourselves some comfortable chairs by the fire and had milky hot chocolates whilst admiring all of the many dogs that were in the bar. I think we may need to return soon to try out the food.
I leave you with a North East fact that I've been taught today. Everyone knows that the lovely folk of Newcastle are Geordies but since living here I've also discovered that those in Sunderland are named Mackems and today I was told the origins of the name of the beach bar. People that come from South Shields are known as "Sand Dancers" ... so there we go! Every day I'm learning more and more about my new home.