Club Walk No 8, Amble Fish & Chip Night - Tuesday 14th July 2015.

  

Combining photography and food would appear to be a winning combination as seventeen members turned
up for the Camera Club Fish & Chip Walk on Tuesday 14th July 2015. Our location this week was the coastal
port of Amble but with a different starting point and walk route from previous visits.
Members met at the Island View car park on the south links on a warm and sunny evening and started with
a look in the East Cemetery. Here a single spire had caught the eye and on investigation we discovered that
the spire was built in 1878 and originally stood between two mortuary chapels that were demolished in 1971
for safety reasons after falling into disrepair when the cemetery closed.
Moving on we crossed the links making our way down to a small beach and onto the Pan Rocks, this name
being a reference to the flourishing salt trade here in earlier times. The unusual sandstone rock formations,
revealed by the receding tide, were illuminated by the low evening light which also provided clear views out
across the bay to Coquet Island.

  

Textures, colours and seascapes were captured as we continued along the shoreline to Pan Point. Looking north
from this location the phrase "end of the pier" took on a new meaning as the "end" of the north pier has broken
away from the main structure (see image), leaving it in a precarious position but the local fishermen seemed
unconcerned. Crossing the South Pier Breakwater our route took us past the harbour light and then west along
the South jetty leading down to the harbour area.
The aroma of Fish and chips was in the air and members descended on the local providers to purchase their
suppers and a seat outside overlooking the quayside was the perfect setting to enjoy our food. A brief look
around the recently opened harbour village, with new retail pods, fish market and restaurant, rounded off the
visit for some of the group and as they made there way back to the start point to complete the circular walk,
others took some final images of boats and wildlife in the harbour before being rewarded with a sunset over
the braid to end a good photographic evening. Thank you to everyone who attended.
                                                                                                                  Davy Bolam.