Some photos of Teesside from various random days out (and our garden).
It's often said that we don't appreciate what we have on our own doorstep. Despite travelling to various destinations we forget about local beauty spots and places of interest because they are too close and "we can always go there another day". So it was, for us. Whilst we had been to some places many times we had hardly (or never) been to others. We decided to rectify that and record some of the sights we saw as a result.
A visit to Redcar, 6th June 2016.
Sunset over Billingham from the A66, 12th August 2016.
It was some years since we had been to the Tees Barrage so we had a wander down to look at it and the White Water Centre on 5th September 2016. We also had a walk along the river bank taking in part of the Tees and Portrack Marsh.
A walk along Bluebell Beck Valley on 6th September 2016. I used to cycle there for exercise in the mid-1990s. It's changed a lot in 20 years.
On 8th September 2016 we parked at the Barrage again and walked long to the Infinity Bridge, then back again to look at the Barrage Lock, where we were lucky enough to briefly see a large seal.
The following day we parked on the south bank of the Barrage in order to visit Maze Park, a nature reserve created from industrial waste.
Another appointment in New Marske on 17th September 2016 provided the opportunity for a visit to another part of Saltburn, followed by a return visit to The Stray at Redcar on a day with much better weather. One of those days where the sun was right, the breeze was right and the sound and smell of the sea were right.
On 5th October 2016 we drove down the A19 and through Osmotherley to park at Sheepwash, from where we had a walk downstream and along the path beside Cod Beck Reservoir. After retracing our steps we drove to Gribdale Gate car park intending to walk to Roseberry Topping. It was rather cold when we got up high, though, so we decided not to go all the way havjng taken a few photos of the area, including Captain Cook's Monument. Instead we went back to the car and on to the NYMNPA car park at Newton under Roseberry where I took a couple more photos from a different viewpoint.