We went out and about in search of a lemon top ice cream and we discovered some amazing parts of the North East coastline at the same time.
We started off at Seaham Harbour and had a coffee at the LookOut. This is a great spot for watching the world go by and the seagulls! It was a lovely sunny morning, probably one of the last before that cold, North East wind starts to blow. Look at that blue sky…
It’s so interesting when you get time to mooch and take in the local history.
We watched the boats go by and checked out some of the ships making their way to line up to take their turn to enter the Tees. We wondered where they’d come from and what their cargo might be. The scale of this photo doesn’t really describe just how big this tanker was.
I can never visit Seaham without taking a photo or two of Tommy. He looked particularly good against the back drop of the bright blue sky. The sculpture is by local artist, Ray Lonsdale. Crafted from steel Tommy is intended to represent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of the soldiers in the First World War were thought to have suffered this. Tommy is an enormous nine and half feet tall. Very imposing. Certainly makes you reflect.
As we moved south down the coast we jumped out of the car at Seaton Carew as I spotted the wind turbines in the distance. These are just off the coast at Redcar. There’s something about the sheer scale of these that I love. I guess people have a love/hate relationship with things like this but I’m partial to industrial landscape on a grand scale.
This was where we bought our lemon tops in a cute little place called Gelato JoJo. They did taste as good as they look, too!
We decided we would head home to Middlesbrough via the Transporter Bridge. Check this out as we headed home. This is an area called Graythorp and the Mr thought this was Able UK’s Marine Decommissioning yard. This is where vessels and marine structures from all over the world are brought to be taken to bits and recycled. It reminds me of something out of Pirates of the Caribbean!
There’s not a better sight for me than spotting the Transporter Bridge in the distance. I love everything it represents about the area and the river it spans. It stands proud and defiant just like the people who live and work around it. The first image reminds me of another movie — Transformers!
I hope you enjoyed my little snapshot of this part of the North East coastline.
You might enjoy an earlier post, too about our pick of the North’s Best Beaches.
Let us know what your favourite parts of the coast are and which icons you love.