I have a ten-year-old son, Ged, who is almost non-verbal autistic. He can wake up very early so, to give the rest of the family a chance to sleep, I take him to the coast. My favourite walk is north of Easington, towards Seaham. It's so quiet and the only way to access the coast is on foot: there are no roads. At the best times, Ged starts running, and on rare occasions to show he is happy, he will kiss me and just can’t stop smiling.