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Originally posted March 12 2007 at 22:03 under General and Friends. 0 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled. Last modified: 12 March 2007 at 23:54

The Seaside

Worn Out
Not the seaside any more

Doctor Perkins came to see the delights of Newcastle at the weekend. In a fit of inspired maddness we decided to get a Metro to the coast. Warning: Large pictures follow!

We started off in Cullercoats, with its sandy beach and boats in the bay. Proper seaside you know (thankfully Ed resisted the temptation to buy a kite): [click each photo for the full blown, original size version if you must btw]

Photograph: Boats in the bay. People fishing. Pretty houses facing the coast. Cullercoats on a windy dayThe boats in Cullercoats bay, from the rocks we ended up walking across

The plan was to walk along the coast to Tynemouth. Of course we couldn’t take the sensible route along the road but decided to navigate the slippery, seaweed covered rocks:

Photograph: Rock pools among the seaweed co veered Cullercoats rocksCareful, that seaweed is bloody slippy

Ed seemed to enjoy leaping from rock to rock at least, getting as far out to sea as possible:

Photograph: Ed stands waving on a rock, quite pleased with himselfEd waves goodbye, just before diving into the sea to join a school of mermaids

Ed had complained that the waves at Cullercoats weren’t really worth mentioning so after scrambling around the rocks it was gratifying to find my prediction that they would be better nearer Tynemouth was at least partly right. Walking along the beach—or, more accurately, playing chicken with the sea—the waves became almost impressive. The conspiracy of the universe meant that as soon as we turned on camera’s they dies down to virtually nothing again though, so the best i got was this:

Photograph: The waves got a bit bigger but still weren't as big as they had been before the camera came outSome quite pathetic waves. The better ones died as soon as the camera came out

Never mind though, by now we had the target of Tynemouth well within site and the way was clear, if still seaweed covered (and this picture actually has some better waves)

Photograph: Tynemouth headland in the distance, beyond a seaweed covered beachEd looks towards the destination and wonders just how much seaweed there can be in the world

The seaweed could not halt us though, and we forged onwards, only marginally damp from misjudging the sea, and up to the headland of Tynemouth. Where sits the castle

Photograph: South-east view of the castle Gatehouse, with barbicanThe castle gatehouse with its barbican

Photograph: An interior view in the gatehouse, looking north-west, of the Great Chamber, with the Hall belowInside the gatehouse. Looking north-west across the Great Chamber, with the hall below

and the priory

Photograph: A view of the priory church remains, looking north-west across the grave yardThe priory church lies to the north-west across the grave yard, the presbytery still standing almost to its full height

Photograph: The remains of the priory church seen from the castle gatehouseThe priory church remains, as seen from the castle gatehouse, with the North Sea beyond

So there you have it. After that tour of the priory and castle we buggered off for some decent enough lunch at a pub (which really needs to sign its toilets better), had a quick look round the market at Tynemouth Metro station (mmm, bismuth hopper crystals) and made it back to Newcastle. A couple more pictures to finish off:

Photograph: A cavern worn out by the sea beneath the rock spur between Cullercoats and TynemouthA cavern worn out by the sea beneath the rock spur between Cullercoats and Tynemouth

Photograph: Detail of the south-east corner of the presbyteryA detail of the south-eastern corner of the presbytery

Photograph: The wet sand of Tynemouth beach, and the North SeaTynemouth beach and North Sea

These and yet more photographs are available in the coast walk gallery and Tynemouth castle gallery.

Update: Some spelling corrected :-) Also, Ed has added one picture to his journal, the lazy thing (that’s me in it though)

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