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    South Shields , Marsden Bay , 24/05/12

    Daryn
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    Post by Daryn on Thu 28 Jun 2012 - 12:58

    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.

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

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    I live just behind these houses.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    So here we go

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    Half way there now.

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    And touch down.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    Here is a view from the life gaurds

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

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    And finally Im at the top lol.

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

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

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    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.

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



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    Post by Gypsy on Thu 28 Jun 2012 - 15:58

    Is Marsden Grotto open, last time I was in the area about 2006/07 it was closed. So we ended up going to the Museum and Arbeia Fort
    Daryn
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    Post by Daryn on Thu 28 Jun 2012 - 16:08

    Yeah its still very much open, they did have to close it down a few years back as the staircase leading down to it was deemed to dangerous but its all sorted now.



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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 28 Jun 2012 - 17:42

    Daryn wrote:Yeah its still very much open, they did have to close it down a few years back as the staircase leading down to it was deemed to dangerous but its all sorted now.

    Good! I'm coming down for a visit very shortly 'cos it looks a lovely place.



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    Post by Perfectspecimen on Thu 28 Jun 2012 - 19:02

    Reminds me of The Cave restauarant in Los Abrigos. They wanna get some sheep on that grass though, dont waste a resource. I like lamb.



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