Summer Walk No 2 - Seaton Sluice, Tuesday 4th June 2013.

On Tuesday 4th June, the second walk on Morpeth Camera Club's Summer Programme of visits to places of local
interest took place, as we met in the beach car park for a circular walk around the small coastal village of Seaton Sluice.
With a fantastic attendance of 21 we crossed the dunes and headed down to the beach where the bright sunshine had
provided some nice light on the rippled wet sand and pools left by the tide. We then headed south to the small harbour
which was once used for the export of coal and salt. Approaching from this angle a solid wooden groyne & metal warning
marker together with the concrete pier took the attention with the opportunity to view them from a different perspective.
Local history has recorded that the harbour was prone to silting, which limited access by ships. This problem was tackled
by Sir Ralph Delaval who had a pier constructed, and sluice gates that trapped the seawater at each high tide. At low
tide the gates were opened, flushing the sand out of the harbour. Henceforth the village became known as Seaton Sluice.
The large group had spread out with each finding something different to photograph. Boats, reflections in the water,
ropes, lobster pots, flowers, rabbits and even rats amongst the images recorded.
Walking under the road bridge some members continued into the area where the Seaton Burn flows into the harbour and
a number of fishing boats are moored. Here a local artist and craftsman has restored a traditional Northumberland Fishing
Boat, turning it into a piece of art by carving and sculpturing driftwood that had been washed up. The fishing coble
" Star of Hope " now has a sitting figure that represents the Norse goddess Valkyrie and a figurehead of a fierce dragon
that protects her. After a further stroll around the harbour & headland area, members regrouped for a well deserved fish
and chip supper to round off a very good evening.
                                                                              Davy Bolam.