Summer Walk No 4, St Peters Basin Marina, River Tyne - Tuesday 28th June 2016.

          

The Morpeth Camera Club Summer programme continued on Tuesday 28th June 2016 as walk number four saw us visit
St Peters Basin Marina. On a wet, dull evening a hardy group of club members met at the Cycle Hub on the Quayside &
headed east to the marina that is tucked away on the Byker riverfront, one mile from Newcastle city centre and seven
miles from the mouth of the River Tyne.
Originally called Sir Peter's quay it belonged to the powerful merchant Sir Peter Riddell who shipped coal from the river
and the site later became an important part of the industrial tyne with warehouses and factories. When shipbuilding and
river trade declined in the mid 20th century and the riverside rail branch was closed, the opportunity arose for housing
and leisure developments, the site was cleared in what was to become the first step in the regeneration of the area.
The marina is situated on the site of the original railhead and warehouse complex and is surrounded by housing, offices
and a public house with a colonnaded ground floor giving a link to its maritime past. With street names of The Moorings,
Merchants Walk, Chandlers Quay, St Peters Wharf and The Ropery, the theme has also been continued.
The promenade walkway gave members the opportunity to look down into the marina, with one hundred & fifty berths
it is home to a huge variety of craft from ocean going yachts to a converted deep sea trawler, from beautifully painted
house boats to fast power boats. It is also the base for a number of preserved fishing boats owned by the North East
Maritime Trust.

      

The group continued around the marina and over a counterweighted hinged bridge that spans the river entrance next to
the brightly coloured wooden marina office. A break in the weather saw the rain stop and members continue to capture
this interesting venue and short riverside walk. Refreshments in the The Merchants Tavern overlooking the dock ended
the evening with those present enjoying the visit and practicing their hobby despite the weather.
                                                                                                                                 Davy Bolam.