Tuesday, 30 August 2016

SEATON CAREW 30-08-16.

Seaton Carew.

Spot the 5 stone.

Finds ... with green 5 stone.
Beach Buoy.

CATTERSTY SANDS, BEACH 42 OUT OF 52 IN A YEAR.

I will be honest; I had never heard of this beach!
It lies just North of Skinningrove Jetty.
So it was a big plus, another 1 of 52 and another to give me a better insight into what still is my local area.
Since starting the 52 beach in a year challenge I have gained a better picture in my head of how the beaches link up and down the North East Coast.
BEACH BUOY.

SKINNINGROVE 29-08-16. BEACH 41 OUT OF TARGET FOR 52 FOR THE YEAR.

Skinningrove Beach, the tide was going out but was still high.
It's a bit of odd mixture of Boats, Old Tractors , Houses and Streets. I like it.

See below.....



More sheds or shacks.

BEACH BUOY.

STAITHES, 29-08-16. BEACH 40 OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.

The earlier Port Mulgrave post gives details of my link to Staithes.
Here it is Glorious



WY 1 bobs about in the water hopeful of setting sail.
WY is the code for Whitby.
View from the footbridge.
 BEACH BUOY.

PORT MULGRAVE 29-08-16. BEACH No. 39 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.

So there it is; Port Mulgrave, it looks stunning .
I was unable to actually get down onto the beach as both Paths were closed off due to a landslip.
I had driven as  far as the road would take me, but there is only a handful of places to park. I drove back past the houses on the fairly narrow road and back up into what I think is Loftus, as I wasn't comfortable parking in front of people's houses as they  must get sick of it.
So it was a 15 minute walk the view you see above.
I shuffled about a while, more than a little disappointed that the access was closed.
I saw a Marker. It read Staithes 1mile.
As I hadn't been to Staithes this year, it would be another of my 52 and it was only a mile .....

There was a joke I heard once,
"I WENT TO MORECAMBE... BUT IT WAS SHUT!"
well the same applied to Port Mulgrave today.

It was a red hot day and the Dog and I set off for Staithes .
My Mother was evacuated to Staithes during the second world war.
Years later; around 1973 our family went for a day out at Staithes, it was then that my Mother told us about her evacuation.
We then came to THE house she stayed  at.
She knocked at the door to ask about the couple who had taken her in during those  dangerous times and... it was them! They recognised her as soon as they saw her, she disappeared into the  house; Dad and I headed for the Beach... as you do.

It was the Dog's first encounter with Sheep today.
They were as calm as can be.

This is part of the path to Staithes, it is part of The Cleveland Way.

The path followed the clifftop for most of the Walk, you do have to go alongside a Farm and past this old building with a roof like an old horses back; bent with too many too heavy loads.

After 35 minutes or so you will find yourself above Staithes Harbour. Tees Bay wind turbines and Hartlepool are in the distance, I wonder if a homesick  Mother ever came here to see her home town during the war.
To be honest if you ever wanted to visit Port Mulgrave then you might be better off ......
Pick a good day
Drive to Staithes.
Dress to suit conditions.
Go to Church Road, climb to the top and join the footpath to Port Mulgrave?

BEACH BUOY.

Monday, 29 August 2016

ROKER HARBOUR BEACH AND ROKER PIER. BEACH NO. 38 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.

THIS IS THE BEACH SOUTH OF ROKER PIER.

THE WAVES ROLLED IN ALONG THE PIER.

MY MATES WANTED A REST.


STONE HEART AND SEA GLASS.

BEACH BUOY. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

ROKER ROCKS BEACH 28-08-16. BEACH 37 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.

RPOKER ROCKS BEACH IS THE BEACH NORTH OF ROKER PIER.DOG BAN ON THIS BEACH WHEN WE  MADE A CALL TODAY.

BEACH BUOY.

SEABURN BEACH 28-08-16. ... BEACH No 36 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.


THE VIEW FROM SEABURN BEACH, LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS ROKER PIER. IT WAS A GLOOMY OLD DAY.

NORTH TO WHITBURN; SOUTH SHIELDS LIES BEYOND.


BEACH BUOY.

HENDON BEACH 28-08-16.BEACH 35 OUT OF A TARGET OF 52 FOR THE YEAR.

FIRST EVER VISIT TO HENDON.
AS YOU SEE IT WAS HIGH TIDE.
IT WAS A STORMY SEA ON A MILD BUT DAMP DAY.

I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO TOUCH THE SAND TO FULLY CLAIM THE BEACH, BUT WITH THE ROUGH SEA , HIGH TIDE AND THE RECENT DEATHS AT SEA AROUND THE COAST, THEN THE SLIPWAY IS CLAIM ENOUGH.

BEACH BUOY.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

SEAGLASS HUNTING AT SEAHAM.

I FIRST WENT TO SEAHAM AS A CHILD BACK IN 1973.
MY FATHER HAD JUST BOUGHT HIS ONE AND ONLY NEW CAR
A GOLD SKODA 100MB
WHEN SKODAS WERE SKODAS AND NOT VW.

WE DROVE THERE ON A SUMMERS EVENING .

MY MEMORY IS FADED BUT I REMEMBER AN ALMOST BURNT OUT BONFIRE ABOVE THE DOCKS FROM WHICH WE PULLED SOME OLD  PAPERS AND POST CARDS RELATING TO SEAHAM FOUNDRY THAT HAD ESCAPED THE FLAMES.
ONE WONDERS WHAT GEMS WERE BURNT!
I STILL HAVE THEM NOW.
WE DIDN'T EVEN GO ON THE BEACH!









YEARS LATER I TOOK MY GRANDSON
LONG BEFORE I KNEW ANY OF THE TALES OF SEAGLASS AND THE LIKE, WE WENT ONTO THE  BEACH JUST NORTH OF THE PIER; RED ACRE BEACH.

WE FOUND LOTS OF SHINEY CLEAR SEAGLASS  WHAT THE LAD CALLED GLOBES.

I HAVE SINCE BEEN MANY TIMES.
HERE FOR WHAT THEY ARE  WORTH ARE SOME TIPS TO MAYBE HELP A NEWCOMER HAVE A GOOD DAY AT SEAHAM AND WITH LUCK, FIND SOME SEAGLASS.

FIRSTLY CHECK THE TIDES AND WEATHER.
IF I AM GOING TO A NEW BEACH TO ME , THEN I ALWAYS TRY TO GO AN HOUR OR TWO AFTER THE TIDE HAS TURNED AND IS HEADING OUT. HOPEFULLY THAT WAY YOU HAVE LESS CHANCE OF GETTING CUT OFF BY THE INCOMING TIDE

IF YOU COME IN FROM THE SOUTH
TO DAWDON
YOU WILL SEE A SIGN FOR NOSE'S POINT 
THIS TAKE YOU TO A STEEP CLIMB DOWN TO THE BLAST BEACH.
I CAN ONLY GO BY MY OWN SUCCESS... I HAVE FOUND VERY LITTLE GLASS HERE.


IF YOU CARRY ON THROUGH TO SEAHAM PAST ASDA AND THE LIKE, YOU WILL COME TO A ROUNDABOUT, A RIGHT TURN HERE TAKES YOU DOWN TO THE MARINA AND PIER WITH RED ACRE BEACH DOWN BELOW TO THE LEFT.

IF YOU PARK DOWN THE BOTTOM NEAR THE PIER, IT WILL BE A CLIMB BACK UP TO GET TO THE RED ACRE BEACH STEPS.

THIS IS WHERE I TOOK THE GRANDSON AND THEN AND SINCE THEN HAVE FOUND ONLY MAINLY CLEAR GLASS HERE; SOMETIMES CALLED MERMAID'S TEARS.
IF YOU GO HERE WATCH THE SEA
THE BEACH WILL USUALLY BE STEPPED AND THE WAVES CAN SCOOP IN AND CATCH YOU OUT.
THERE ARE SOME NICE CAFES ETC DOWN IN THE MARINA AREA NOW.

FOR A FIRST TIME VISITOR YOU MAYBE BETTER GOING TO VANE TEMPEST OR SEAHAM HALL BEACH.
SO.. INSTEAD OF A RIGHT TURN AT THE MINI ROUNDABOUT (AFTER ASDA)
JUST GO STRAIGHT ON PAST THE SHOPS AND CAFES ON YOUR LEFT, WITH THE GREEN AND THE TOMMY STATUE ON YOUR RIGHT.

STRAIGHT ON AT NEXT ROUNDABOUT.
VANE TEMPEST BEACH CAR PARK WILL EVENTUALLY APPEAR ON YOUR RIGHT.
IF YOU PARK HERE THEN THE NORTH END OF CAR PARK IS BEST,  THEN YOU CAN WALK THE BANK DOWN TO THE PROM.




IF ITS SEAHAM HALL BEACH FOR YOU THEN CARRY ON PAST VANE TEMPEST CAR PARK AND YOU WILL COME TO SEAHAM HALL BEACH CAR PARK.
TONIA'S CAFE IS HERE.


IF IT WAS MY FIRST VISIT THEN THIS WOULD BE THE BEACH TO DO.
NORTH EAST CORNER HAS SOME STEPS TO THE BEACH.

YOU CAN GO SOUTH TOWARDS SEAHAM AND TAKE IN VANE TEMPEST BEACH OR NORTH IN THE DIRECTION OF RYHOPE.... BUT CHECK THE TIDE! 

AS FOR LOOKING FOR GLASS
TAKE AN OLD PLASTIC CONTAINER
WITH LID.
I USE THE LID TO SCRAPE WHEN I COME ACROSS ANY LIKELY LOOKING SHINGLE AREAS OR THE BANKS OF SHINGLE FURTHER UP THE BEACH
USUALLY THE SIZE OF THE SHINGLE WILL BE A GUIDE AS TO THE SIZE OF GLASS YOU WILL FIND. 
ANOTHER PLUS ON A VISIT WITH AN OUT GOING TIDE IS YOU MAY BE THE FIRST TO COME ACROSS ANY GLASS LEFT ON THE SAND AS THE SEA GOES OUT.

YOU CAN DRILL  THE GLASS TO TAKE FITTINGS.
I SOMETIMES COMBINE SEAGLASS AND DRIFTWOOD.
TO MAKE KEY RINGS  OR SOMETHING TO HANG IN THE CAR... I GIVE THEM AWAY.


I AM NO EXPERT.
JUST SOMEONE WHO LIKES SEAHAM, SEAGLASS AND BEACH COMBING.


GOOD LUCK
TAKE CARE.

BEACH BUOY.

SEAHAM HALL BEACH 26 AUG 2016,

SEAHAM HALL  BEACH AT DUSK ... LOOKING TOWARDS SEAHAM PIER.


COMPANY.

STEPS TO  SEAHAM HALL BEACH CAR PARK


A FEW FINDS.

BEACH BUOY.