Summer Walk Report No7, Tynemouth Longsands - Tuesday 15th July 2014.

Walk Number Seven on the Camera Club Summer Programme took us on a visit to the coast at Tynemouth
on Tuesday 15th July. This was a new walk venue for the club with the aim being to follow a circular route
around the coastal area including Longsands Beach and Cullercoats Harbour.
Members met in the Beaconsfield car park near the Sea Life Centre and then headed south along the clifftop
on Grand Parade. Passing the surf shops, cafe and the boating lake we continued to the Grand Hotel where
our elevated position gave us an excellent view of Tynemouth Longsands Beach.
Dropping down and following the steps to the foot of the cliffs, the old outdoor swimming pool was the first
stop on the agenda. This once famous seaside lido, filled by the incoming tide was opened in May 1925 and
is now lying derelict awaiting possible restoration. In its current state it provided members with numerous
photo opportunities with its colours and textures of decay.
The good weather continues to smile on the club walks and the award winning beach was a hive of activity
on another warm sunlit evening. Several running clubs, female exercise boot camps, swimmers and people
playing volleyball were sharing the beach with dog walkers, couples, kids playing football and family's enjoying
a walk in the sea air, again providing subjects to be recorded by those with a keen eye.
The fourteen camera club members were now spread out along the mile long sands as we continued north
along the shore towards Cullercoats, with the silhouette of local landmark St Georges Church on the skyline.
Leaving the beach we came to a small headland and after following the footpath found ourselves looking
down on Cullercoats Harbour. This was once the export point for shipments of coal & salt but on their decline
left fishing as the main industry and two piers were built on either side of the harbour to provide shelter for
the many open top fishing cobles. Sadly only a handful of fishing boats remain but the harbour has become a
safe launching point for water enthusiasts including divers, water skiers and private fishing trips.
As the last rays of sun lit the harbour, several jet skiers racing in the calm waters & a group clad in wetsuits,
jumping and diving off the south pier into the sea were photographed in action.
Moving on, we climbed the steps back to the cliff top and passed through a small park with a colourful display
of flowers before rejoining Grand Parade and walking south which led us back to our starting point to complete
our task. Members then retired to a local bar where a cool drink and a chat about the evenings events rounded
off a good night.
                        Davy Bolam.