Newbiggin and Cambois
Newbiggin and Cambois is another example of the beautiful coastline that we have in Northumberland. In this walk we take in the best bits of Newbiggin and Cambois. Cambois beach is surprisingly pretty, considering that it is surrounded by industry supporting Blyth harbour and that it was dominated for 40 years by Blyth power station, before it was demolished between 2001 and 2003.
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The walk starts in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, next to Newbiggin Maritime Centre. From here we walk along the beach, down towards Spital Point. You will see several art installations along here, including The Couple Sculpture, in the bay. A smaller version of this sculpture can be seen beside the promenade.
The Wansbeck river
We follow the coast South until we reach the Wansbeck river. Here we turn inland and follow the river upstream to the weir. There is a bridge over the weir, which now carries the England Coast Path to Cambois.
Once we cross the weir, we are in Cambois. We follow a path up the opposite side of the Wansbeck. There is a great opportunity here to watch the seabirds that populate this area. We spotted a Little Egret when we did the recce. This area seems to attract interesting birds, as we also saw a Grey Wagtail and a Bullfinch on our walk.
Heading downstream we eventually arrive at Cambois beach. We will drop onto the beach, if possible, and follow it down the coast for a little way. We will pass under an old outlet pipe. This was the hot water outlet from Blyth Power station, but it is now disused.
The way back to the start is to retrace our steps, but at Cambois we will use the path over the dunes. If you like, you could take advantage of the gym equipment up here and feel the burn. Julie tried out some of the machines.
On our return to Newbiggin, we will take advantage of the Maritime Centre Cafe.
Hope to see you there,
Julie and Martin
Gallery – Newbiggin and Cambois
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