Tees Bridges

Starting point of the walk (in mid Nov): the impressive Tees Barrage, with four large Archimedes screws pulling water up to run down a slalom course. A “boat lift” taking canoes back up to the top of the course is on the right.

(L) The Newport bridge (sadly no longer in operation) and (R) the iconic Transporter Bridge across the Tees at Middlesborough. Middlesborough is not (how shall we put it?) a tourist destination.

The much more recent (2008) Infinity Bridge across the Tees at Stockton.

Lumiere 2013

Pictures from the Lumiere festival of light in Durham in November: (L) My favourite – stick men invading the old Miners’ Hall on North Road, (R) 3D projected elephant on Elvet Bridge.

Another favourite, Helvetictoc, has now been bought by Durham County Council to become a permanent display.


(L) The waterwheels at Thwaite mills, Leeds, have been used for a variety of purposes, finally grinding chalk and linseed oil together to make putty. Production in 1975 after the weir burst and repair was judged uneconomic. The site is now an industrial museum. (R) View from a walk between Haworth and Oxenhope.

Cliffe Castle Museum

The town of Keighley is again not exactly a tourist destination, but its Cliffe Castle Museum is fascinating and well worth a visit.

(L) Stained glass windows and (R) classic Victorian display cases.

November & December 2013