A Crystal Horse, but is it still there ?

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Some years ago(c 2007) we visited  Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, Near Morpeth, Northumberland, managed by English Heritage and well worth a visit with a great walk through a grotto in the gardens down to the old castle.

When we visited the old castle there was an crystal horse in the castles hall. On checking  I can not find out if this horse was still there.(it may have been just on show for a short time) Lucky Spot,as it is known is a sculpture by designer Stella McCartney. The larger than life horse is composed of 3,000 crystals hanging from threads and is in memory of her mother.

It made an odd photo.

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Some further Photo’s of The Forth Rail Bridge, I like this bridge

The Forth Bridge was a major engineering achievements of Victorian times .Designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker, the bridge was based on the cantilever principle, with three diamond shaped steel towers 104 metres high carrying a double railway line 46 metres above the River Forth.

The bridge took seven years to build, and contractors used 55,000 tons of steel, 194,000 tons of stone and concrete, and 7.5 million rivets to complete what is a world known landmark. Opened 4th March 1880.

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Eskdalemuir Church an accidental find.

We came across  by accident a rectangular chapel like church with a square tower and spire on the south gable. The built in 1826 Eskdalemuir Church said to be designed by John Smallwood. Inside there is an octagonal pulpit l on the west wall and a panelled gallery on three sides supported on slender cast-iron columns. Eskdalemuir is known for the Samye Ling Monastery & Tibetan Centre where we stayed the night. on the way north.There were some very grand tombstones in the churchyard.ANDY0839ANDY0840ANDY0838

trip completed

Today we left the North Yorkshire Moors and headed home, our East Coast of Scotland trip plus some extra of the East Coast of England. Having reached home we travel a total of 1950 miles. 

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We have travelled all of the UK’s coast except these final times are in the planning stage.

  •  The Lake District’s coast
  • Rochester to Harwich coast

Fish & Chips at Whitby

Back to the coast today at South Shields following the coast to Whitby. Raining all the way to Whitby then the sun came out.

Most odd ? Slug People

Most odd ? Slug People

Lime Kiln

Lime Kiln

Scouter Light houseHighlights today were   some odd sculptures at South Shields   which were totally lost on me,(looking like something that should be on an old series of Dr Who.) The now owned by National Trust Scouter lighthouse and large lime kilns by it are a must see plus the new sculpture by artist Ray Londale at Seaham of a WW1 Tommy next to the war memorial on the seafront.

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The old part of Hartlepool is interesting which was bombarded on 16th December 1914 by the German Fleet killing some 114 civilians. This was the first time British civilians had been in the line of enemy fire during a major conflict (probably since the civil war.) There were similar raids on Scarborough (and then Whitby).In the port of Hartlepool is HMS Trincomalee a frigate built in 1817 which is still afloat.

Old Part of Hartlepool

Old Part of Hartlepool

This afternoon we found a campsite and used the park and ride down into Whitby. Fish and Chips for lunch and a couple of hours in the sun.

whitby

whitby

Looking out to Sea

Back to the coast and our 1st stop at Newbiggin-by-the Sea and although the coast is starting to reflect more of an industrial history the beach are wide and sandy. Newbiggin has invested in its Heritage with a newish Heritage centre. Telling the history of line fishing when the village had some 100 open fishing boats being launched off the beach (as the one pictured in my previous blog with a canvass front cover) Much of the old village has been lost into the sea only the Church remaining. Newer Victorian House now line the sea front. New rock breakwaters protect the village from the sea on one of these is a statue named the couple.

St Marry's Lighthouse

St Mary’s Lighthouse

Priory

The Couple

The Couple

Newbiggin By the Sea

Newbiggin by the Sea

WW1 Guns

WW1 Guns

Blyth seemed just industrial with pockets of holiday areas. Then we arrived at Seaton Slice with pretty harbour and around the corner St Mary’s Lighthouse. Whitley Bay obviously a large and popular Victorian resort runs into Tynemouth with large harbour and breakwater but empty of any boats. Standing on the headland above the harbour is the Castle and Priory with large WW1 gun emplacement pointing out to sea

England’s East Coast

No  connection to the net on Monday so a day late in the upload

Another wet and windy night due to limited facilities at the camp we decided to go into Berwick. Finding Morrison’s we repaid the use of their toilets by having a cooked breakfast. We continued down the coast, Holy Island will have to wait until September as the tide was in. Familiar landmarks such as Bambrugh Castle, Views of the Farne Islands and Seahouses. After the nice lady at the car park at Alnmouth let us park for the rate of a car rather than a motorhome we had a cuppa and a walk on the beach. Lots of families enjoying the sun. It never surprises me to see how local fishing boats differ around the country’s coast. The little pot boats off the beach all had a canvass cover at their bow I guess to protect the one man pulling his crab pot up. On the sands I spotted a flat fish swimming in about 3 inches of water. It saw my camouflaged crocs and thinking it was seaweed swam towards me and tried to hide under my foot. Took some pictures but not that clear due to the light reflecting. Now time for an Ice Cream before a fully serviced camp site at Bellingham. Now heading back to the coast at Newbiggin-by-the sea.

crab boat

crab boat

CRAB BOAT

A FISHY TALE

A FISHY TALE

A day at the seaside

A day at the seaside

Banbrugh Castle

Banbrugh Castle

an ice cream atlast

an ice cream at last

Almost in England but saw a 3D map of Scotland made by a Polish man

Down to the Forth Bridge again, this time crossing the Forth on the road bridge and down to the south side of the Forth rail bridge (hopefully it will be soon a world heritage site) A large cruise ship was anchored in the Forth close to the Bridge and hundreds of passengers were being ferried ashore heading for lines of coaches. So much for our quiet Sunday morning by the Forth Bridge.

We headed down to Berwick on Tweed (as we are returning to this coast later in the year and we have followed this coastline before) we travelled from South Queensferry to Berwick in land across country.

On the way we stopped at The Polish Map of Scotland at the village of Eddleston   http://www.mapascotland.org/visit-the-map/

I it saw the BBC and thought it was worth a visit.

Polish Map of Scotland

Polish Map of Scotland

not easy to photograph from ground level  THE POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

not easy to photograph from ground level
THE POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

The House & grounds of Barony Castle were requisitioned by the MOD for the Polish Army during WW2. From June 1940, Polish troops were being evacuated to Britain as allies in the fight against Hitler’s Germany. The map was The brainchild of Polish war veteran it was built between 1974 and 1979 and is claimed to be the world’s largest  terrain relief model sculpture it is a listed building. It fell into disrepair later being found hidden in undergrowth it is now being slowly restored by a group calling itself Mappa Scotland.The aim is to repair and fill the sea areas with water.

This way

This way

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

Rain at St Andrews Beach

Rain at St Andrews Beach

It started raining hard early Friday evening and continued all night. It was still pouring when we left the campsite. Stopping at St Andrews beach it continued to pour down.

We decided to follow the coast and return to our campsite by then going inland doing a large circular day out. The coastal villages reminded us of Yorkshire seaside villages around Staiths. The building styles and use of and the style of red roof tiles.

Villages on the coast

Villages on the coast

We also went to Scotland’s secret bunker. A 100ft below ground level under a ordinary farmhouse was build a 24,000 square feet Government command centre to be used following a nuclear attack. Only decommissioned in 1992..

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

On leaving the bunker the weather was drying up. Heading for a close look at the Forth rail bridge and the construction of the new road crossing. Before heading back we sneaked a quick look of Britain’s new aircraft carrier under construction at Rosyth.

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more off shore operations

more off shore operations

Sea Gull

Sea Gull

new road crossing under construction

new road crossing under construction

new Aircraft Carrier under construction

new Aircraft Carrier under construction

Another day following the coast

Arbroth Smokies.

Arbroth Smokies.

the product our lunch

the product our lunch

the old signal tower Arbroth

the old signal tower Arbroth

castle Dundee

Broughty Castle

Again rain overnight but clear blue skies on leaving Johnshaven. Not long until Arbroath. Stocked up on their famous smokies and a walk around the harbour. A longer stop at the city of Dundee to visit Broughty Castle and Scotts R R Discovery. First class visitors centre of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s exploits ( all around the ship work is going on to improve the setting of this piece of history).  On to St Andrews on a small Camping & Caravan club listed site just to the West of the town. Only room for 5 just us and another van. Have booked 2 nights here. Tomorrow local pottering around and around of golf expect I would get kicked out of town if I mentioned I was after a game of crazy golf.

Last week coming up we crossed the River Tay when we visited the cotton mill, today at Dundee we crossed it again much wider here near the sea.

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Discovery at Dundee

Discovery at Dundee

Camping near St Andrews

Camping near St Andrews