Friday, August 24, 2012
The Tyne estuary piers
The North Pier at Tynemouth runs out to sea for a 1000 yards. At the far end is a lighthouse, and on the morning I walked to it the fog horn was sounding and the lighthouse came and went in the mist.
Across the river is the South Pier, which is even longer. You can see it emerging from the gloom here in a photograph taken from its northern sister.
The two piers define the estuary of the Tyne. The old guide books talk of the constant stream of shipping that passed between them, but today the only ships you are likely to see are the giant ferries heading for Norway and Denmark.