We recently had an absolutely beautiful Sunday here in the North East. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was lovely and warm - it was the weather where, no matter how daft you might look, a warm wool hat and sunglasses really are an essential combination. It was the perfect excuse for a stroll down to the Quayside and along the Tyne to the Cycle Hub for a coffee.
The Cycle Hub is on the banks of the River Tyne with fantastic views of some of Newcastle's iconic bridges. They have outdoor seating which I've already got my eye on for the Summer months.
It's the perfect place for cyclists to stop for a chat over coffee and cake as it's situated in the middle of the Coast to Coast route. The atmosphere inside the café is very friendly and I love how the cyclists all greet each other and exchange stories of their cycling adventures. After a while I began to feel envious, not to mention a little guilty. They were all happily tucking into cake that they would be burning off whereas I was stuffing cake and lounging about.
As our bellies got the better of us we decided that rather than have lunch the cakes in the Hub were just too tempting so we skipped lunch in favour of sweet treats. I had a caramel latte with a slice of chocolate cake and Simon opted for a mocha with a chocolate shortbread biscuit.
As I was tucking in my mind did begin to wander off on an adventure. It is pretty easy to find yourself very tempted by bike riding after a few short moments in the Hub. Some of their self guided tours look fantastic and incorporate some of my favourite places in the area. The 14 mile ride from the Angel of the North, past Saltwell Park and onto Tyenmouth looks particularly good, although maybe I need to get myself back onto a bike first before making any grand plans to become the next Victoria Pendleton.
Anyone else beginning to love the fantastic sneaky shots I keep taking of Simon just as he's biting into his food? Aren't I mean?!