Day 181 : Hartlepool – Middlesbrough

Today I start off at Hartlepool in wet soggy weather which does not show the place in it’s best light. Hartlepool seems to be split in two, first the headland, the older part which shelter the docks and West Hartlepool with the shops and marina.

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Walk Date :                11th Nov 2015
Mileage :                     14.70 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 849.19 miles
Accommodation :      West View, Reeth

The first part of my walk is from the North Shore along the headland which is quite pleasant despite the rain. At the end of the headland I come to a strange statue of a monkey, apparently there is a tale about them hanging a monkey which was the only survivor on a French boat that floundered off the coast during the Napoleonic war.

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I quickly pass the dock area and come to the regenerated marina with modern apartment blocks, shops and many berths for boats. There is also the British Maritime Museum with the main attraction, a masted ship called the HMS Tincomalee.

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I continue on to the seaside with its sandy beach at Seaton Sands where I take shelter and eat my lunch. I can’t help but notice on the skyline the heavy industrial chemical complex I will have to walk past of Seal Sands. This is built on reclaimed land at the mouth of the River Tees.

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I keep going until I reach Port Clarence. For this is where I will cross the River Tees on the Transporter Bridge to Middlesbrough. Fortunately, this one was operating and I enjoyed the short crossing. You do not realise how big the structure is until you are right up to it which dominates the Middlesbrough skyline.

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I take a short walk along the River Tees through an area which is being rejuvenated to the Riverside Stadium, home of Middlesbrough Football Club. I finish today by the statue of Wilf Mannion, the post war hero of the club.