8b. A coastal walk from Seaham Harbour to Salterfen Rocks
Part of the Durham Heritage Coast Trail Path
Seaham Harbour, dating from 1828 is quite a substantial structure, though much of it seems disused. However, a marina and 'boating centre' and cafe are all being built and the place smartened up somewhat. The harbour is now part of the conservation project entitled 'Seaham Harbour & Ryhope Dene Nature Reserve'.
The northern arms of the outer and inner harbour walls with the north pier lighthouse in the distance.
An old wooden mooring post, very weathered from many years exposure to the elements.
Looking south across the breakwaters of the southern outer and inner harbour walls.
The massive piers of the lock into Seaham Dock.
Lots of rusty iron bars help to keep the upper stone courses of dock walls in place.
The railway once ran down to the docks on spur from the coastal line near Seaham station.
On the left are the typical yellow limestone cliffs (up to 30 m high). You can clearly see fossil coral in many places as you walk along on the beach. On the left are the Featherbed Rocks.
The Featherbed Rocks. Beneath the yellow (honey-coloured) limestone cliffs heavy huge dark grey stones-boulders have been deposited to try to reduce erosion of the cliffs.
Looking back towards Seaham Harbour from Seaham Promenade which stretches for nearly a mile (1.5 km) along the coast.
The beach below the massive concrete promenade is a popular place to walk dogs.
The beach where Seaham Promenade ends and in the distance are the cliffs and rocks of Pincushion.
Apart from the limestone that are large glacial deposits of clay? and these are easily eroded to give some amazing shapes.
The huge separated sea stack at Pincushion. Multiple pictures of it below since it does standout as one of the geological features of this part of the Durham coast.
These pictures of Pincushion were taken from the bottom eastern end of Ryhope Dene, down runs both a stream and footpath.
Beyond Pincushion the cliffs eventually give way to the southern outer suburbs of Sunderland and the River Weir estuary beyond.
Another sea stack, which has twin peaks, each hosting its own seagull !
Looking towards our destination of Salterfen Rocks and Ryhope Nook. On the middle right is the tiny 'island' of Jane Jiveson's Rock which is offshore from what the OS map describes as Maiden's Flat.
The twin peaks again!
Salterfen Rocks jutting out on the right.
In the lower centre is 'tunnel' in the cliff formed some well directed sea erosion!
Its very neatly done, almost like a miners tunnel.
Jane Jiveson's Rock
We returned to Seaham via the local Sunderland-Seaham bus service, grabbed a cup of coffee at Valentes in Church Street and then got the train back to Nunthorpe from Seaham station to end another grand day out exploring the interesting heritage and historic coast of County Durham.
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