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PostSubject: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 4:47 am

I live only a few minutes away from the coast and it was such a lovely night that I decided to go for walk along a bit of our coastline known as Marsden.

This grassed area is known as The Leas and is a National Trust site it leads to the cliff edges.



Just a bit panning around the leas to gave you a good look.



I live just behind these houses.













What you can see here is the famous Marsden Rock in the sea to the left, part of it crumbled away a few years back but the top of this rock is a haven for sea birds.

To the right which runs along the cliff edge you can see the top of the lift shaft which is there for the Marsden Grotto bar and restaurant.





Top right of this photo you can see the Souter Lighthouse which again is owned by the National Trust, I will cover this another day with some close photos.





Look at the top of the Marsden Rock you can now see the sea birds, the rock gets full of birds in the main summer season, Arctic terns, Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Fulmars, herring gulls, as well as shags, razor bills and lesser black-backed gulls just to name a few.





There is some steps that lead you down to a very famous pub/restaurant called the Marsden Grotto, it also takes you down to the beach.



So here we go



Half way there now.



And touch down.



The birds nest all the way along this cliff's of Marsden Bay, the rock itself is Permian Magnesium Limestone and was formed almost 250 million years ago.





Here is the famous Marsden Grotto pub/Restaurant, the pub is built around a cave, if you go to the back of the bar you will actually be inside the cave, Ill get some photos of this another day for you. Its said there is a ghost that goes by the name of John the Jibber, he died a long and lingering death, suspended in a bucket halfway down the cliff face after betraying fellow smugglers to the Customs Men it is rumoured that he haunts Marsden Bay and the Marsden Grotto.





In this picture you get a good luck at the lift shaft.













A bit of a challenge trying to get a good picture of a bird in flight.





















Now when the tide is going out like in this photo you can walk into the next cove but when the tide is in this is as far as you can walk from the Grotto.













Ok we are now round into the next cove and heading towards life gaurds.



Looking back the way we came you can see that when the tide is high that little walkway is cut off.











Here is a view from the life gaurds



From the life gaurds building there is another lot of steps, I tried running up them but they got the better of me lol



And finally Im at the top lol.



Hope you enjoyed the review, Ill add more to this one day when I do Souter Lighthouse.

Here are some useful links......................

http://www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk/article/12608/tourist-information

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/

A FEW EXTRA PHOTOS, THE INSIDE OF THE MARSDEN GROTTO, THANKS GOES TO MICK FOR ALLOWING ME TO USE THESE.



This is the inside of the Marsden Grotto and restaurant, its the room at the back of the bar which is actually built onto the cave in the rock face.





Thanks for the photos Mick forgot you had taken them on your last visit.










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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 6:16 am

Nice pics Daryn, nice clear day to take them. Didn't see any Kookaburras though Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 7:36 am

Great pics Daryn Thumsup

Mark - don't remind him !.................. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 7:48 am

They were my first thoughts, "I bet beeech would know" lol! good little informative review that Daryn, have a rep
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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 9:27 am

Super pics Daryn - you are so lucky to live near the sea!!

A rep from me. clap

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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 12:55 pm

Thanks guys, when I started that little trek it was about 7.15pm and was still lovely and warm, last night it was really foggy which normally you get another great day and it is, absolutely gorgeous here again today, long may this weather continue.

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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 4:55 pm

Great photo's mate, & a rep from me. clap I remember walking down, then back up again, eek those steps, when we went on our blow away the cobwebs/hangover walk last year. fainting

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PostSubject: Re: South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12   Fri May 25, 2012 4:58 pm

Hahaha yeah it helped, god I was rough that day lol. Ive added your photos of the inside of the bar to the end of the review mate many thanks.

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