The second week of our holiday was to be spent in Northumberland. We had to leave the cottage in Pickering by 10am but couldn't access the cottage in Northumberland until 3pm. It was just over a two and a half hour journey between the two which meant that we had lots of time to spare. When I was eleven, I'd been on a school trip to Northumberland, staying in Cullercoats, North Shields. I have fond memories of this trip so I thought it would be a lovely idea to revisit Cullercoats on our way to the second cottage.
We'd stayed in a hotel called Monks Haven. It was a methodist hotel and I remember having to stand behind our chairs in the dining room and sing hymns before our dinner was served. This is the photo I'd taken of the hotel thirty five years ago.
I did a bit of reasearch on the internet and discovered that the hotel had been changed in to a residential home for the elderly. In 2011, the home was given a formal warning for poor standards and bosses there vowed to improve.
I don't know what happened after this as I can't find anything further, however, the building has now been changed in to apartments.
I'd thought the hotel was just across a road from the beach, but I wasn't sure if I'd remembered this right. As it turns out, my memory's better than I feared, there, right across the road from Monks Haven is a lovely sandy beach, enclosed by small piers. Unfortunately, we couldn't go for a paddle as there's a dog ban from May to September.
I remembered going on the beach back in 1980, the trip was taken at the start of the year and it was cold, we'd visited Hadrian's Wall when snow was on the ground. The beach is backed by cliffs and another memory I have is of going in to the caves, the mouths of which you can just see on this photo.
We didn't stay long but it looks like a lovely place for a day out, and the beach is perfect for families.