Thursday, 20 October 2011

North Pier at Tynemouth

It may have been an October afternoon, and it may have been breezy, but it was also very bright and sunny when we went to Tynemouth and walked along the North Pier. The building of the Piers was a crucial factor in the development of the Tyne as a major port in the Victorian period, though they took 50 years to construct. The North Pier was started in 1854 and work on it was not finished until 1895. A huge storm two years later caused significant damage and another 14 years of redesign and rebuilding.

Take a walk along the North Pier if you are in Tynemouth. There is no charge, and the bracing walk of over 1.5km to the lighthouse at the end will certainly blow away the cobwebs!

Overlooking the Piers from the top of the adjacent cliffs are Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

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