One of my favourite places on Teesside is South Gare, an area at the mouth of the River Tees, just beyond the steelworks at Redcar.
For me, it epitomises many of the things that I love about the area: the beauty of the landscape in stark contrast to the industrial buildings that dominate the skyline.
The beach curves around the coast from South Gare down to the seaside town of Redcar; it was this stretch of coastline where the memorable Dunkirk scene from Atonement was filmed in 2006.
There’s something bleak about this place, with its fisherman’s huts, paint peeling, and sand dunes scattered with rubbish, the steelworks dominating the horizon. You can walk along the beach almost undisturbed, looking out at the newly built wind farm.
But it’s a good place to think and I find it inspiring.
Catch up on the rest of the So I’m a Smoggie series.