Loipers July bike ride

High point of the day – Weetslade Sculptures

A day of warmth and sunshine was promised and it certainly lived up to expectations. Five Loipers (Lewis, Howard, David, Neil and Alan) led by Alan, rode a 35 mile off road route from Rising Sun Country Park in Benton to the coast via North Shields fish quay, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice.

Lewis donned his shortie wet suit and he and Alan braved the icy water of the North Sea for a short swim while the rest of us looked in wonder. After quickly drying off in the sunshine our group set off on the return leg via some super tracks and bridleways through Holywell Dene, Backworth, High Weetslade and Gosforth Park.

Lewis offered Tea and Cakes back at his house in Beatty Avenue where we ‘socially distanced’ in his spacious back garden. A fine way to end a great day out!

At the Marina at Royal Quays
St.Mary’s lighthouse