And then the rain came down

Continuing on towards the sea (on the West Coast) which we reached at Bowness-on-Solway.Where it started to rain.



We stopped at Holm Cultram Abbey. The 1st Monks came to this site in 1150. Dissolved in 1538 and fell into ruin. In 1880s the church was restored, & in 1913 the roof was restored pre-Reformation timbers were found, however the roof was completely destroyed in 2006 in an arson attack. By 2010 the windows and roof were reinstated.


The rain became worse by Silloth but stopped enough at Skinburness for another lighthouse adventure, East Cote Lighthouse dates back to 1864 when it was a “mobile” lighthouse on a rail track however in 1914 it became fixed in its current position.

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Also saw very nice monument to Edward the 1st (died near  here on July 7, 1307, Burgh by Sands)

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The sun has got his hat on.To the sea!

Well rain again over night but given the bright blue sky this morning decided I need to get a paddle on the seashore. However on route a stop off at Warkworth Castle while waiting for the tide to drop.B5.jpg


Near Amble notice a light house on a small island so more photo’s (on checking the OS map Coquet Island so I guess this is Coquet Lighthouse.)


Then on to Alnmouth beach for the rest of the day.



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Mrs Eider Duck and Chick

Yes it is another lighthouse

The stone breakwater at Tynemouth extends from the foot of the Priory some 900 yards out to sea, protecting the northern side of the mouth of the Tyne. On its top is a walkway open daily. On the lee side is a lower level rail track, formerly used by trains and cranes during the construction and maintenance of the pier. At the seaward end is a lighthouse.

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The pier’s construction took over 40 years to build opening in around 1898 the original curved design did not hold against a great storm when the middle section was destroyed. The pier was rebuilt in a straighter line and completed in 1909. Another longer pier opposite at South Shields protects the southern side of the river mouth.


A lighthouse was built on the North Pier in 1864, but a new design was added when the 1909 repairs were undertaken by Trinity House.


A Lighthouse view from the Campervan.

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We are staying a few nights at Old Hartley Caravan Club Site the view from our window looks out to sea & at St Mary’s Lighthouse.Cut off at high tide but a causeway at low tide allows you to walk out to visit. about a mile from the camp site  along the coastal path and you arrive at the island.The lighthouse is decorative today and has no warning  light.

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On reaching the Island a group of grey seals were enjoying the sunshine.Warden are on hand to keep people from getting too close as the seals have been harassed by day trippers including people throwing stones at them.



Filming at the Lighthouse.

The last time we passed Souter Lighthouse we were travelling home from Scotland and we passed it before it opened for the day  .

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So this trip heading North we arrived  when it should have been open. However we were out of luck this time it was closed for the day  due to the filming of an episode of the TV crime  series Vera as you can see below  the car park was filled up with a small fleet of film crew support trucks.

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Opened in 1871 it was purpose built to be lit by electricity.(the 1st lighthouse in the world built for electric power)

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A Lighthouse visited.


The  white lighthouse tower at Flamborough was built in 1806 and acts as a marker  for deep sea  coastal traffic  as well as marking the risks from Flamborough Head for vessels heading for the ports of Scarborough and Bridlington. Calling here again today we were able to ascend the tower which was open for a planned school party visit later in the afternoon.

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The Lighthouse at Flamborough Head is made of brick and was built in 1806. It has a height: 88ft (27m) and to reach the light there are 119 steps up the tower. This lighthouse was designed by Sir Samuel Wyatt and built by John Matson of Bridlington. It has a range of 24 nautical miles. further out on the headland is a fog horn house.

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Quarry Cranes


The hand operated cranes were originally designed for and used by the stone industry of Portland. After quarrying ceased in the area the cranes were mainly used by the local fisherman to lower their boats into the sea. The steel cranes you see today are later replacements for the original wooden cranes. Although still used until a few years ago when I recall seeing a fishing boat lifted out of the sea onto the bill today the cranes are scheduled monuments and appear no longer used.



Portland Lighthouse from here it is just a short walk to the boat cranes

Lighthouses & Nuclear Power

A picture record around Dungerness Febuary 2012 A dry cold & windy morningThe new lighthouse at Dungerness Kent started operation inNovember 1961 to replace the old 1904 light which had became obscured by the Nuclear Power Station, The new lighthouse is made of pre-cast concrete blocks coloured black or white to make up the bands on the tower.


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