If you saw part one of our February adventures, you’ll know that we had a busy month. We had a short break away in the middle of February when we spent a few days in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, so this story starts from February 13, and our first day after we arrived in the village of Coldingham. Mum has a couple of stories still to share from this trip, so we’ll save the details for those and share some photos here.
February 14th was Mum’s birthday, so Bracken, Dad and I decided to take her some place special: Cragside, which is a National Trust property we’ve visited before. We headed up into the estate for a walk around the lakes.
We share driving videos from this perspective on Instagram Stories and IGTV - you can find me here - using the hashtag #DrivingWithHarris - including an 8 minute section of this drive on IGTV. This estate drive at Cragside is amazing. Called the carriage drive, it’s a circular 6 mile route with areas to stop off, park, and stretch your paws.
we stopped for a birthday picnic beside the river
We also had walks at Embleton, heading towards Dunstanburgh Castle, and at Cove Harbour, which was incredible.
Look out for a story about Cove Harbour. Mum was so, so excited when we came here. Oh, except for the fact that the harbour is accessed through a short tunnel in the rock. Dad hadn’t mentioned this detail. Here’s a tiny taster... Please note: Mum is claustrophobic. She can’t even go in a lift. She said this moment was like, “That movie you watch where people walk into a dark place, and you know there’s something waiting in there, and you’re shouting at the telly.”
And then, when we got back from our wee break, there were more familiar walks down the coast - at John Muir Country Park and Ravensheugh beach, and also at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. You can be walking at Arthur’s Seat and almost forget about the city.
the view from that previous photo
This was a long one, so thanks for reading! Until next time…
shot on iPhone