A lazy Sunday in the North East: must-see spots for a weekend refresh

Isobel Coombs shares her favourite spots across the North East to spend a quiet Sunday

Isobel Coombs
5th March 2020
Sunday: the day for nursing hangovers, indulging on pub grub and going on fresh country walks. To make the most of your final day of respite before Monday comes around once again, here’s a few ideas in and around Newcastle to give yourself the ultimate relaxing Sunday.
1. Take a leisurely Sunday stroll - The Leas

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This picturesque spot is the perfect route to blow away those Saturday night cobwebs. About a 45 minute drive towards the coast from Newcastle, this National Trust owned area is the perfect location for a Sunday walk with stunning views of the famous Souter Lighthouse and South Tyneside’s beautiful coast. The walk paths vary from just 1 mile to 4.5 miles and are pretty flat so a great spot for a leisurely stroll. 

2. Grab some good pub grub - The Bridge Tavern

If you’re after a proper Sunday roast and a lazy boozy afternoon, The Bridge Tavern is your spot. Located right next to the iconic Tyne Bridge, you are just minutes away from the centre of town but still have the beautiful surroundings of the Quayside to enjoy over their great selection of real ale or a large glass of wine! They serve their delicious and locally sourced food until 7pm on a Sunday offering a range of hearty meals as well as their renowned roasts. 

3. Take a city trip - Durham

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Spend your Sunday wandering the pretty streets of Durham, a beautiful city steeped in history just a 30 minute drive from Newcastle or a 10 minute train ride away. If you’re wanting to explore the history of Durham and its culture, walk up to the stunning Durham Castle on the University campus and take a look around, perhaps even take a guided tour. You can easily spend the day or even just the afternoon rambling around the city stumbling across cafés, eateries and shops amongst the scenic streets. 

4. A morning at the beach - Druridge Bay

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Whether it be a warm summer day or a crisp wintery one, Druridge Bay’s never fails to provide a great day. It is just less than an hour drive from Newcastle but has enough things to do to keep you busy all day so it is worth the journey. As if the 7 mile stretch of beach isn’t enough, tucked behind the dunes are stunning nature reserves with a lake and a country park- the perfect picnic spot. The lake, Lake Ladyburn, is a hub for water sports so you can try your hand at canoeing, sailing and even windsurfing! There is a nearby town and visitor centre right on site too to wander around and grab a bite to eat. 

5. A quiet trip through history - Bamburgh Castle

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One of the largest inhabited fortresses in the country, Bamburgh Castle is most certainly worth the hour drive from Newcastle. Take a look around the castle once home to Henry VII and numerous other monarchs since then and explore the history that lies between the walls. Keep you eyes on the Castle’s website as there are often events and tours taking place that would make your experience even better. When living in Northumberland, visiting Bamburgh is undoubtedly something to add to your to-do list. 

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