I was pleasantly surprised, on Saturday, to come upon the view above. Seaham Harbour, as I’ve always known it, is a former mining village, whose pithead once dominated the landscape. Regeneration has taken place, and the marina and visitor centre for the RNLI now lie in the old harbour, with its iconic lighthouse banished to the distance.
Come and take a closer look at these galleries with me.
There’s a great cafe called “The Lookout” pointing right out to sea, and below that some exhibition space. I really enjoyed the visitor centre for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. It’s full of photos, nautical maps and stories of heroism. There’s no entry fee but it’s a pleasure to slip a few coins in the boat. The bravery required on these sometimes stormy seas is worth every penny, and the staff were informative and very pleasant.
I gave a little history of the town, and it’s rather surprising connection to the poet, Lord Byron, in Windswept in Seaham.
There was a nice breeze blowing on Saturday, but not one to bend you double. It’s raining again today so I’m using my normal walking time to look back at sunnier skies. I almost forgot to mention the delicious pana cotta and Swiss chocolate icecream I indulged in. I know there are a few of you with a sweet tooth. “Leaf, bark and berries” was my cafe of choice.