Seaton Carew Travel Guide
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ice cream van
South of Seaton Carew, in the Seal Sands area, there is some wonderful birdwatching adventures to be had. The place to look for on the map is Saltholme Marshes. Soon there is to be a multi-million pound bird reserve to be opened here, with facilties for everyone, including...
The Ghost Ships
South of Seaton on the road to Port clarence, just beyond the roundabout where you turn to the nuclear power station, you can get a good view of the ghost ships. These were brought across from America several years ago for dismantling and have remained in tact while legal...
Getting Your Bearings
You can find this area on www.multimap.co.ukType NZ550275 into the location (postcode) box and click Find. This grid reference is centred on Teesmouth - you get a good overview at 50,000 scale.
Take Your Car
There's not much choice than to drive, though you could take a train to Seaton Carew and walk back to the Gare from there.
View From The Sky
Multimap has an Aerial photo facility too. I liked this view of Teesmouth with a huge cargo ship in dock.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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Poeple go running on the beach, right from Seaton Carew, over the dunes and along to the power station. And back again.
Equipment: The usual.
Written Feb 4, 2003
typical seaside fare
Wherever you go in the United Kingdom where the sea attracts people, the ubiquitous ice cream vans, shops selling rock and candy, beach toys like buckets and spades and shrimping nets vie with the general shops. And don't forget fish and chips.
Watching the waves break on...
There's a small-scale business operation at the south end of the beach (by the power station) that ships sand by road. You have to watch out for the digger when your in this vicinity.
The huge oil refineries, oil storage depots and chemical works of Seal Sands stand on the opposite side of Greatham Creek (but deceptively on the same south side of the Tees as we're standing).
Industry On The Doorstep
Just across the river is Redcar steelworks, one of the UK's few remaining steel plants. The ore is delivered in huge ships (see previous picture) and the steelworks itself occupies a huge area of the opposite side of the Tees. You drive almost through the plant on your way...
Watch The Shipping
While I was there there were 8 ships waiting to come in and 2 sailed out... and that was just in 1 hour at lunch time. I find it quite interesting, wondering where the ships came from or where they are going... (but then, I'm very curious) ;-)
The Port Of Tees & Hartleppol is one of the UK's major ports, covering all types of cargo from Iron Ore (in the pic) to Containers, Cars, Oil and Gas... there's a constant stream of ships sailing in and out and you can watch from the beach.
Cheap & Clean?
Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station stands right behind the beach here - bringing us "cheap & clean electricity" - dunno if many people share that view. It always seemed odd to me that it was sited in the centre of a quite densley populated area.It's owned by British Energy who...
Greatham Creek flows out into the mouth of the Tees too - the power station sits in the corner created by the creek and the sea, the Tees comes in from the opposite bank (by the ore terminal). Seals sometimes bask on the sand and mud banks up Greatham Creek, and you can even...
Look at the expanse of empty beach...All the times I've been here there's never been more than a handful of people here - though admittedly it's always been winter so far when I've been. The sand is fairly clean, not much litter or flotsum, but I don't think I'd advise going...
Dunes, Commons and "The Blue Lagoon"
North Gare is part of the Teesmouth Nature Reserve. The beach, dunes, common and brackish ponds behind the dunes are an important place for migratory birds."The Blue Lagoon" is where Greatham Creek joins the Tees by the power station. It is reputed that the water here is...