First we set off through Addison woods. Addison colliery village was demolished in 1958 and hardly a trace survives. The pit itself was closed in 1963. Addison colliery was used for the first attempt at telephone communication from underground to the surface. Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone) went down the pit and sang 'God save the Queen' which was relayed to an audience in the Hedgefield hotel.
These two vistas show the landscaping that is taking place at the Path Head landfill site.
These are not in sequence- Houses at Crookhill made of the characteristic cream brick common in this area. Presumably it came from the brickworks which were located on the open land adjacent to Pumphreys coffee factory.
Eventually we got on to Blaydon Burn which is a delightful and quiet walk within a wooded gorge. There are many brick structures that are the remnants of many factories that lined the route.
A coal drop for Bessie Pit
Lunch by the babbling Blaydon burn. Things were not always so nice - I found this picture from the 1970s on the interweb..
The walk even included a waterfall..
Finally we had some much needed refreshments at the Black Bull nr Blaydon. Jackson needed a lie down..
Next walk is a bit further afield (Corbridge) on May 26th.