Many of you seemed to enjoy my visit to the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth last week, so I decided to stay on this same coastline for today’s walk. South Shields is just a little way down the coast, and if you look closely at the photo above you might just make out a Tall Ship on the horizon.
I’ve brought her a little closer! She was just hovering offshore, admiring the view.
As you can see it’s a rugged coastline, but the Blue Flag beach at South Shields is superb. We’ll start our walk from the car park behind the beach, along the new promenade. In the distance Tynemouth Priory is just visible, across the river mouth.
Walking south, in the direction of Souter Lighthouse, the sand is lovely and firm beneath my feet. At the end of the beach a path leads up to The Leas, and from there it’s 2.5 miles of coastal footpath to Souter Lighthouse.
I’m not going to talk much today. I’ll simply let you enjoy the humps and bumps of scenery. It’s a sight that always fills me with awe.
I was astounded when reading the information board in Frenchman’s Bay. I knew, of course, that this area was once popular with smugglers. What I didn’t realise was just how much coastal erosion had changed the landscape, and the timescale involved. This bay was once sandy and wooden steps led down to the beach. Long, long before that, these rocks were formed- 245 million years ago, when South Shields lay close to the Equator.
In the far distance I can make out Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Rock. The Rock is a 30 metre high sea stack of magnesium limestone and periclase. These days it’s only home to seabirds, though once it was joined to the land. At this point I turn back. I’ve visited Souter Lighthouse before, as the link will show, and I have a different goal in mind today.
I’m heading back towards the River Tyne and South Shields, and the mighty pier that stretches 1,570 metres out to sea. I keep an eye on the Tall Ship, out at sea, and am delighted to find that my arrival coincides nicely with hers. Tynemouth Priory, on the far shore, is beautiful in close up.
South Pier is an astonishing length and I’m entranced by the railway lines that once ran along it. I would love to bombard you with statistics and information but I’m finding myself sadly short of time. South Shields has a fascinating history and the Wikipedia link will give you all the facts you need.
It was a lovely day and we wandered into South Marine park, licking an icecream. The boating lake and miniature steam train were busy, and I was pleased to see Shields thriving. I know you’ll be gasping for a cuppa, and I can only apologise that this post is picture heavy, and not as factual as I would like.
Thank you so much for the many and varied contributions I’ve received to my walks this week. I struggle sometimes to keep up, but it’s always a joy to share with you. Please join me, if you’d like. Details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page. Just click on the logo above.
Paula always knows how to make me happy :
Lady Lee knows a good-looking city when she sees one. She’s lived in this one for 27 years!
Jackie does us proud this week with some fabulous murals :
And Cardinal treats us to the sight of his ass- suitably clothed, of course!
Kathrin has heaps of sea glass to share, but you musn’t take it away from the beach :
Check out what Liesbet gets up to mid-week? Lovely sunsets and sideways houses!
Fancy a bit of teeter-tottering with Violet? You’ve come to the right place!
Drake has us stepping back into the past too. Always with a smile :
Stained glass fans? Step right this way! BiTi has some beauties :
Spectacular walking with Cathy this week. 16,453 steps in total, but you do get to stop for lunch!
Yvette is content to share the simple wonders of the beach. Timeless images and wiggly ones!
Susan gives a very personal take on her impressions of Berlin :
I simply had to steal this one away from Meg! I know this palace, but had no idea of its splendours :
And I know that Meg will approve Susan’s architectural details too :
That’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed it, and that you have a happy week ahead. See you soon!