The tiny St Mary’s Island is just north of Whitley Bay on the North East coast of England. Sadly I didn’t get the time to walk across to the island, but at least I was able to capture the above photograph from Whitley Bay. The lighthouse no longer functions as a working lighthouse, but is open to visitors and has a small museum, a visitor’s centre and a cafe. It was built in 1898 on the site of a monastery.
Located in South Tyneside a few miles east of Newcastle, Souter Ligthouse in my opinion is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the north east coast of England. I had seen various images both online and in local photo competitions, but I was obviously keen to see it through my own lens to see if I could get a different take on the building. Pictured above is the image that the majority of visitors will probably capture looking down the drive to the green door with the iconic red and white paint job of the lighthouse. As you can see I was extremely fortunate to find clear blue skies on my first visit, which was just what I was looking for.
Being on the North Sea Coast on the eastern side of England, the town of Whitby gets exposed to some strong storms. This is probably why there are two long breakwaters protecting the harbour. Above is Whitby West Breakwater Lighthouse which was build in 1831. Although this photograph was taken over six months ago I have only just seen that someone is standing at the top of this lighthouse. I didn’t get a chance to get to the top, or even a closer look, as I went on to explore other parts of the town.
Whitby harbour is home to a large number of commercial, fishing and pleasure craft. Here we see a pleasure yacht sailing out of the harbour into the North Sea. I captured the above photograph from the east wall which was having some maintenance work on it this summer. Behind the yacht is the west wall, which I didn’t get chance to walk down to the end on as I got distracted by the beach!