Favorite thing: There is a lot of birdlife at South Gare, especially wading birds and also Cormorants. These tend to sit on the rocky outcrop or swim in the tidal pools that get left behind at low tide. It was the cormorants that first attracted us to South Gare, as we really love those birds. (This is not a Cormorant!)
Favorite thing: The delights of Harlepool (Greythorpe) Nuclear Power Station, looming large over the beach at the opposide side of the Tees. Right of that (out of the picture) is Seaton Carew and the Headland of Hartlepool (see Hartlepool page).
Favorite thing: There is a breakwater at the Gare, a bit like a pier. It says "no entry" etc etc but you can go on it OK. You can walk down either side of it, choose which side depending on how the wind is. It seems like it's always windy here but you can shelter on one side or other of the breakwater. The right hand side as you walk out will give you views to Redcar and the steelworks, across the endless golden sands. The left side (north) will give you views to the North Gare, the power station, Hartlepool and the actual mouth of the Tees.
Favorite thing: There's a cluster of fishermen's huts in a hollow in the sand dunes. Don't ask me what they do or keep in these huts, but they make an interesting and rustic little backdrop, each with their small chimney.
Favorite thing: There's a small old fishing harbour at South Gare (know as "Paddy's Hole"). It's only for liesure fishing these days I think and not serious commercial stuff. The small boats in Paddy's Hole are dwarfed by the huge tanker moored in the distance at the Philips Refinery.
Tees & Hartlepool is one of the UK's busiest ports and there's a constant movement of shipping. Look out to sea from Redcar on any day and you can see the huge cargo & oil ships waiting for their turn to enter the bay.
While we were there the MV "Happy Fellow" was just leaving port. Behind the ship you can see the huge grey block of the generating room at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station.
The Tees lifeboat is stationed at South Gare and the station is open to visitors during most normal day hours, there's even a small shop where you can by RNLI merchandise. Don't forget, the UK lifeboat service is a charitable service and all money for it has to be raised from the likes of you and me. Support your local lifeboat!
The Tees Pilot is also based at South gare and you can watch the pilot launch shuttling to and fro and guiding ships in and out of the harbour.
Favorite thing: There is a rocky spur that juts out from the beach and when the tide goes out it makes a large pool here where birds swim.
Favorite thing: Here's the Mrs on the breakwater, doing her best to shelter from the wind. It was a lovely day apart from that arctic gale! ;-)
Favorite thing: At the end of the breakwater is a small lighthouse (you can't visit). In fact, you can't access any of the upper part of the breakwater - that really IS private!