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Friday, 14 May 2010

North Of The Tyne

North of the Tyne River estuary is a small town called Tynemouth. It is a lovely place with classy old Georgian and Victorian buildings and a grand sweeping crescent of terraced houses overlooking the North Sea from atop a cliff.
The next small town to the north is Cullercoats. Yesterday on the news (North Eastern England News !) was a report about the awarding of a "Blue Flag" for Cullercoats Beach and DJ wanted to go and see it. So today we did. Then we headed north along the coast, through Whitley Bay to St Mary's Lighthouse.We walked along the cliff path from Seaton Sluice to the lighthouse. It was a mild, sunny day and this large black woolly dog was bounding in and out of the crystal clear water.
As we approached the lighthouse it got cloudier and cooler and we ate our picnic sitting on some cold rocks in a bit of a chill wind.
We had to get back across the causeway before the tide came in just after 2pm that day, and did so, as the rock pools were beginning to fill up and herald the incoming tide. There are warnings about NOT trying to run across at the last minute!
Tomorrow we have decided to go to the North York Moors Railway's spring steam fest and take another picnic, hope for better weather and ride the steam trains. Watch this space.
Cheers Gillian

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