North Tyneside Council now operates the Lighthouse as a visitor centre, through the Libraries and Museums service.
Facilities include a popular shop and an exhibition/meeting room, which is available for hire.
Visitors can climb the 137 steps to the top of the Lighthouse, which provides spectacular views of the North East coast. The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rock pools, cliff top grassland, a beach and a wetland habitat.Further services provided include an educational service and organised activities during some school holidays".
For all I've lived in the North of England all my life i've never yet till today visited St Mary's Lighthouse. Friends in my camera club regularly visit here in the early morning for the sunrise and have taken some outstanding photos (see Annas Blog on my 'Other Bloggers' links). I've yet to drag my body out of bed unfortunately. Not that I'm lazy, it's just I have to get up very early in the morning during the week for work so at weekends I like to have a lie in till around 8am. So, unfortunately, no sunrise images for me, just a beautiful sunny afternoon, but very cold. Ofcourse I forgot my tripod and had to take the photos 'hand held' unfortunately. I think i'm going have have to leave a tripod in the car from now on.
- Camera Olymus E500
- Aperture - f/7.1
- Shutter speed - 1/60sec
- Focal Length - 22mm
- Exposure compensation 0 step