At last, the clouds are gone and the sun is shining in Newcastle! To celebrate Kris and I dragged our neglected bikes from the shed and dusted them off ready for their first outing of 2011. I’m sad to say my basket perished in that horrid, spider ridden little hut but worry not, a new one is on order!
After twenty minutes of trying to fit the bikes into the car we were on our way to The Derwent Walk in Rowlands Gill, a lovely little cycle train littered with lakes, swans and lush forests.
I jumped on my bike and after a bit of a wobbly start I started thinking I’d forgotten how to ride. But just like the old saying goes, I quickly found my balance and started riding as fast as I could over the wonky trails. I forgot how much fun it was to speed through the country side, wind in your hair without a care in the world. I’ll be spending a whole lot of my summer on my little rust bucket 🙂
We stopped for a picnic of sushi and fruit provided by Marks and Spencers before having a hike around this adorable little waterfall. So cute until I almost fell in.
Eventually, Kris’ lack of gears on his BMX got the better of us and we loaded the bikes back into the car, off in search of the perfect cup of tea! We decided upon Stewart and Co which is situated in the Newcastle City Library. Anywhere that serves Ringtons Tea is A OK with me.
The selection of cakes on offer was outstanding. I’m a huge fan of veggies in cakes and Stewart and Co certainly deliver! I sampled the parsnip and lime cake while Kris tried out the beetroot chocolate all washed down with a cup of Ringtons! Delicious!
I would recommend Stewart and Co but I’m still searching for that perfect cup of tea and slice of cake in Newcastle.
Got any recommendations?