Lighthouse In South Shields, Tyne And Wear
A Victorian lighthouse built in 1882, still used for navigational purposes today.
The lighthouse was built in 1882, before the North and South piers were constructed, and was first used on 30th October of the same year. It is 13 metres high and still acts as a navigational aid today, guiding ships in and out of the Tyne from up to 13 miles away. The lighthouse is also one of just a few in this country that has an operational fog bell.
It is an amazing structure owned by Port of Tyne, however, there is no access inside the lighthouse.
Close to the Herd Groyne Lighthouse there is some excellent public art by Spanish sculptor Juan Munoz called Conversation Piece. This is a collection of 22 statues known to the locals as 'weebles', which could provide some good photo opportunities.
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There is a narrow path near the entrance of the car park, which leads down to the art work 'Conversation Piece'. The lighthouse can be seen from here, and can be reached by a short walk across the beach.
Contributed by Sandra Clemens
I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.
A reconstruction of a gatehouse and buildings on the original foundations of the Roman buildings.
Lime kilns on the coast near South Shields, built in the 1870s.
Decommissioned leading lights in North Shields.
A 900m long pier protecting ships when entering the River Tyne at Tynemouth.
A lighthouse on a small tidal island just north of Whitley Bay. It is linked to the mainland by a short concrete causeway which is submerged at high tide.