My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology


13.12.09
  By Ferry to Newcastle

The most comfortable way to get to Scotland is to take the Amsterdam / Newcastle ferry, and I've crossed into the harbour of Newcastle several times - always with the camera ready. Arriving or leaving Newcastle give you some interesting vistas.

Sunrise on the ferry

The DFDS Seaways ferry from IJmuiden / Amsterdam to North Shields / Newcastle is a lot more fun than taking the train through the canal tunnel, and they organise for bus transfer to/from the stations. You have a cabin with bathroom and arrive the next morning, with a good breakfast in your stomach, instead of close to midnight, hungry and tired.

Morning at sea

It's the best way to get to the Hadrian's Wall or Scotland, and while it's a bit roundabout, it also works for Wales; it is only 4 hours by train from Chester to Newcastle (Cardiff was a bit longer). It would not have been any easier to get from Chester to London, and the entire journey isn't more expensive than a line flight.

After all, the Romans did it that way too, sometimes, because Newcastle was a major harbour already during their time.

Approaching Newcastle harbour

Another aspect I love when traveling by train, bus or ferry is that you get a better feel for the distances than traveling by plane, and it's a great way to see a country. Ok, I know the route from my hometown to Amsterdam by now, but the part through the Kasseler Berge, the Taunus and the montains between Frankfurt and Cologne is always beautiful.

Lighthouse of North Shields / Newcastle

The bus trip from Carmarthen to Caernarfon was one of the best examples that six a hours travel can pay out. It presented me with some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen.

North Shields, up the Tyne river to the harbour
(some of the ship's safety boats to the right)

On the way back, the weather was mor 'British', with an overcast sky and the occasional downpour, but it made for some pretty atmospheric photos. I particularly loved the ruins of the castle and Tynemouth Abbey.

Tynemouth Priory and WW2 fortifications

The remains of the priory, with a WW2 flak batteries to the right. The strategically important headland at the entrance to the Tyne river has been settled since the Iron Age. It later was occupied by a Norman castle of which some remains are left, and on the other side lies the Roman fort Arbeia.

Sunrays over Tynemouth Lighthouse

The sky had been cloudy in the afternoon, but when the ferry left Newcastle, some sunrays broke through and sparkled on the water like a farewell.

Sunset on the North Sea

Another pretty sunset. The light is a bit softer on the North Sea, not so brilliant as with some sunsets at the west coast. The sea was calm on the way back, but during the journey to Newcastle there had been a storm that made even the big ferry roll a bit. I don't mind that, though.
 
Comments:
Great to see Tynemouth Priory! Well, I have a feeling I went there, many years ago, but couldn't remember what it looked like. ;)
 
Gabriele, you have a genius eye.
 
Love the pictures!
 
Alianore, I've seen it close up, so there are more pics on my hard drive. With sunshine.:)

Thank you, Bernita and Susan.
 
Great pictures. Tynemouth Priory looks very evocative with the gaunt ruins silhouetted against the sky
 
My daughter went to Tynemouth Priory and Castle earlier in the year with Plantagenet Society, lucky thing! I would love to see it, but your pics are the next best thing at least!
 
Thank you, Carla and Lady D.

Maybe I'll find time during the holidays to get up a post about Tynemouth Priory - one with more than just a few photos. :)
 
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The Lost Fort is a travel journal and history blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, as well as some geology, illustrated with photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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