British Coastal Road Trip

Day 31 – Newcastle to Scarborough

It’s day 31 and we are driving down from Newcastle along the Durham Heritage Coast and into the North Yorkshire Moors.  Plenty of lighthouses, and a surprising mixture of coastlines from industrial to picturesque.

 

Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Marske-by-the-sea, Cliff House, View to Saltburn, Hunt Cliff
Views towards Saltburn and Hunt Cliff from Marske-by-the-Sea.

 

South Shields

Coastal Road Trip, Littlehaven Beach and Promenade, South Shields, Lighthouse, Tynemouth Priory and Castle
After a small potter around the shops in a very rainy Newcastle city centre, we managed to get lost driving out to South Shields, and ended up driving over the Tyne Bridge three times!  Eventually we arrived at Littlehaven Beach and Promenade, with its views past the bright red lighthouse to Tynemouth Priory and Castle on the north side of the Tyne.
Coastal Road Trip, Littlehaven Beach and Promenade, South Shields, Conversation Piece, Juan Munoz, Sculptures
An intriguing cluster of sculptures by Juan Munoz, called ‘Conversation Piece’ at Littlehaven Beach and Promenade.

 

Souter Lighthouse

Coastal Road Trip, Marsden Bay, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland
Souter Lighthouse precariously close to the cliffs at Marsden Bay.
Coastal Road Trip, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland
Another National Trust property, so we made use of our membership.
Coastal Road Trip, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland, View from top to Marsden Bay & South Shields
Despite the weather we had great views from the top of the lighthouse back towards Marsden Bay & South Shields.
Coastal Road Trip, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland, Lens, National Trust
The helpful National Trust guide explained about the lighthouse and lens to us, and gave it a little spin.
Coastal Road Trip, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland, Inside Lens, National Trust
Inside the lens, a very weird feeling as it spun around.
Coastal Road Trip, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland, May Thy Lot In Life Be Happy, National Trust
Totally agree with this message on the lighthouse keeper’s mantle piece.

 

Seaburn

Coastal Road Trip, Seaburn, The White Lighthouse, Roker Lighthouse, Roker Pier, Sunderland
More lighthouses at Seaburn, Roker Lighthouse on the left and The White Lighthouse on the right.
Coastal Road Trip, Seaburn, The White Lighthouse, Roker Beach, Sunderland
The White Lighthouse at Roker beach looking very smart with its large weather vain on top.
Coastal Road Trip, Seaburn, Roker Lighthouse, Roker Pier, Digger, Sunderland
A bit of a renovation going on at Roker Lighthouse at the end of Roker Pier.

 

Sunderland

Coastal Road Trip, Sunderland, Wearmouth Bridge, A1018, Roof of car
Trying to get a photo crossing the Wearmouth Bridge at Sunderland.

 

Seaham

Coastal Road Trip, Seaham Beach, Seaham Lighthouse
Wow, the sun is finally peeping through the clouds today.  Seaham Beach and Seaham Lighthouse at the end of the north breakwater.
Coastal Road Trip, Seaham, Tommy World War One Soldier Sculpture, Eleven 'O' One, Giant soldier
The rusty steel Tommy sculpture on the Terrace Green at Seaham.  The World War One Soldier was pretty huge at almost three meters tall.  Officially named Eleven ‘O’ One, after the minute of armistice peace at 11am on the 11th November 1918.
Coastal Road Trip, Seaham, Nose's Point, National Trust Durham Coast, Ps in a Pod
And more rusty sculptures at Nose’s Point along the National Trust Durham Coast.  ‘Ps in a Pod’ in cast iron by Louise Plant, expressing human energy and movement.

 

Blackhall Rocks

Coastal Road Trip, Blackhall Rocks, View South East to Hartlepool
Despite a bit of dull road through the Blackhall area, we found these great views by making a short detour down to the coast at Blackhall Rocks.   The view south east to Hartlepool.
Coastal Road Trip, Blackhall Rocks, View North along Durham Heritage Coast
And the views back north along Durham Heritage Coast.

 

Hartlepool

Coastal Road Trip, Hartlepool, Headland, The Heugh Light, Light House
Lots of birds keeping their beady eyes on us at the Heugh Light at Hartlepool Headland.
Coastal Road Trip, Hartlepool, Headland, Heugh Gun Battery, Cannon
The Heugh Gun Battery, the only open air WWI museum in the UK.
Coastal Road Trip, Hartlepool, Headland, Heugh Gun Battery, Well behaved dogs & Cyclists welcome here, Sign
A nice welcome message on the gun battery gates 🙂
Coastal Road Trip, National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool, H M S Trincomalee, Dutch Houses
The masts of the H M S Trincomalee towering over some rather Dutch looking houses at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

 

Redcar

Coastal Road Trip, Redcar, Coke Ovens, River Tees, Mouth, Seaton Carew
Driving over the River Tees at Middlesbrough we arrived at Redcar surrounded by steel plants and coke ovens (sadly now closed).
Coastal Road Trip, Redcar, Sculpture
Despite the sorry state of the local industry there had been some effort to brighten up Redcar’s seafront with sculptures…
Coastal Road Trip, Redcar, Penguins
…penguins!?…
Coastal Road Trip, Redcar Beacon
…and the pink Redcar Beacon, contrasting against the stormy sky.

 

Marske-by-the-Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Marske-by-the-sea, Cliff House, View to Saltburn, Hunt Cliff
As the stormy clouds passed over Marske-by-the-Sea it created really dramatic lighting over the view to Saltburn and Hunt Cliff.
Coastal Road Trip, Marske-by-the-sea, View to Redcar and Off Shore Wind Turbines
The view back to Redcar and the offshore wind turbines.

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cliff Tramway, Pier
The old Cliff Tramway down to the pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea.  The oldest operating cliff funicular of its type in the world.

 

Whitby

Coastal Road Trip, Whitby, Beach Huts, Coloured
Brightly painted beach huts curving around the beach at Whitby, our first stop along the North Yorkshire Moors coast.
Coastal Road Trip, Whitby, Harbour, East, West, Lighthouse
The East and West Harbour Lighthouses marking the entrance to Whitby.
Coastal Road Trip, Whitby, Abbey, Harbour, Bandstand, River Esk
Whitby Abbey across the River Esk.
Coastal Road Trip, Whitby, Harbour, Bridge, River Esk
Whitby was larger than we had expected, but still kept a small town charm about it, with its quaint houses nestled around the harbour.  Interestingly Whitby inspired Bram Stoker when writing ‘Dracula’ after staying there in 1890… though we didn’t see any vampires on our visit.

 

Robin Hood’s Bay

Coastal Road Trip, Robin Hood's Bay
Before heading to Scarborough for the evening, we made a final stop of the day at the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay, famous for smugglers!

 

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One thought on “Day 31 – Newcastle to Scarborough

  1. We spent 4 days round Whitby last year, so much to see there – you forgot to go to the Captain Cook museum ! Did you visit the pub at the bottom of Robin Hoods Bay, lovely place for dinner

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