Today we took a train out to Tynemouth, a small town on the North Sea coast. When we got off the train, we were happy to see that the weekend market was on. There are dozens of stalls where people sell a huge range of goods.
The market is in the Victorian train station, which is now solely used for the Metro system.
Whenever I go to the market, my favourite thing to do is look through the collection of old postcards. There is a huge collection for sale and most of them are from the early 1900s. My favourite part is reading the messages on the back which people sent to their loved ones. Today we bought a few from around 1905. Ricki is going to take these home with her as a souvenier.
After we left the market, we walked down to the pier.
Going down the pier, you could turn around and see Tynemouth priory on the cliffs.
We walked all the way to the end to check out the lighthouse but it was all closed off to the public. I had to hold on to Ricki with all my might because the wind was so strong. I was very worried she might get carried off into the sea from a strong gust!
We walked back from the pier and up to the headland known as Pen Bal Crag.
Upon which, sits Tynemouth Priory. The entrance is through the gatehouse which was added to the site, along with the barbican, in 1390.
The priory dates back to 1110, however only ruins remain now.
And poor Ricki got attacked by the wind once again!
During World War II, the sight was a key defense outpost and there are still reminders of this today.
From the south edge of the headland you can get a beautiful view of the mouth of the River Tyne as it ends its journey at the North Sea.
To the north, you get a view of the town of Tynemouth and one of the beaches.