Summer Walk No 5 - Mouth of the Tyne, Tynemouth, Tuesday 25th June 2013.

On Tuesday 25th June 2013, Morpeth Camera Club members met in the Priors Haven car park at Tynemouth for our
Mouth of the Tyne visit. On arrival at this location Tynemouth Priory, Castle and a colourful display of wildflowers on
the south side of the headland were the first subjects to attract attention on walk Number five of the Summer Walks
Moving down to the pier, the high tide was breaking onto the rocks at the foot of the cliffs and for some it was out
with the tripods, using slow shutter speeds to capture the moving water. Others continued onto the pier and walked
the thousand yards to the lighthouse that was completed in 1896 and is still operational. The Pier and Lighthouse
are both formidable structures when seen in close up, both built with magnesium limestone that was quarried locally.
With views along the coastline, ships moored just off the mouth of the river & the Bulk Carrier Ceg Cosmos passing
between the piers and heading out to sea there was plenty to photograph from this vantage point.

Walking back towards the headland, dark and foreboding clouds gathered overhead but the rain held off on this dull
evening as we entered Priors Haven, a small beach situated within the Mouth of the Tyne. Sheltered between the
Priory and the Spanish Battery it was once popular with Victorian bathers and is now the home to local sailing and
rowing clubs. Several crews were out on the water rowing, offering another subject for our cameras.
The large turn out of twenty two photographers were now spread out across the area and we re-grouped on the
Spanish Battery headland that takes its name from the Spanish mercenaries who manned the guns in the early 16th
century to defend against invasion. This area is now a popular spot for watching shipping traffic on the River Tyne.
With views across to South Shields and beyond, we then walked past the wonderful old wooden building that is the
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House which is now a museum, we continued to end our circular walk at the
Collingwood monument. This memorial to Lord Collingwood, Nelsons second in command at the battle of Trafalgar,
was erected in 1845. Designed by John Dobson this massive structure incorporates a flight of steps flanked by four
large cannons from Collingwood's ship The Royal Sovereign.
Not the best light for photography but it was good to see everyone trying different subjects and offering ideas and
tips in a very friendly and informal atmosphere. Two possible new members and another very good attendance as
the Summer Programme continues. Thank you to everyone.
                                                                                             Davy Bolam.