Legs 5,6,7 & 8 Preview, The East coast
In my last post I described the south coast of the UK, todays preview is an overview of the route north to Scotland up the east coast of the UK mainland. This is all part of ‘Skirting the Edge’ I am giving these overviews so folks know whats involved in planning such a trip (should they be foolish enough to do it themselves).
Gravesend to Lowestoft
I think this is one of the more difficult legs, with so many dead end roads towards places of interest and river crossing where no ferry is suitably positioned. I think there will be lots of driving back up roads I have already used and an hour to get back around a river outlet to be just the other side, frustrating it could be?
I have never been to Lowestoft so stopping there overnight makes sense, it will give me a change to explore and see what it has to offer. I am looking forward to returning to Walton on the Naze, as a kid growing up in Harlow (Essex), once a year buses were sent full of use nasty working class kids and I have fond memories of swimming in the sea, playing on the rides on the pier (this was the early to mid 1970’s). I wonder if its changed?
Lowestoft to Bridlington
Lots of new places for me today, I can say hand on heart the only part of the East Anglia coast that I had previously been to, was Wells on Sea, for a weekend when I was a Venture Scout maybe 25 years ago. I have not seen the Wash, never been to Skegness, never been across the Humber Bridge, but I have been to Bridlington. Dont laugh but the last time I was in Bridlington I took part in a 10k road race.
Bridlington to Sunderland
Its a short day today, mainly as I will of been on the road for a week, and one will need to attend to the pile of laundry, so I have cut a few hours out of driving in order to get my kit washed, ready for another week. I also plan to meet up with a good friend for a drink and some food, so its a social day with a dash to the hotel for the night. I will pass Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby, two must go places on the East coast (been a few times so know they are nice places). I may have to have a ride on the Saltburn cliff railway?
Sunderland to Edinburgh
After the hassle that will be Newcastle and the Tyne tunnel, there is a world of coastal location as I head north I can visit. I have tried twice and failed to get onto Holy Island but the tides were always wrong. I don’t know yet how my timing will be, but I would like to get onto the island at least once in my life.
As I enter Scotland I will have ticket off most of the English coastline (only leaving the Lakes and Liverpool to do) and I shall be entering the challenge of Scotland, some of which I have done previously so this will be in some ways known, but I never tire of it.
I will be stopping just short of Edinburgh for the night, and will have the fun that is the capital city as the first stage of leg 9 as I head towards the Forth Road bridge (new or old no idea yet).
These 4 legs total some 800 miles, much to see and do….. More on the plans in a few days, this time covering the route North to the tip of Scotland.
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