/ Sea cliff climbing, North East (Durham Coast)
As I say, just wondering :)
There's some recorded routes in the Denes (Castle Eden Dene), not sure how legal they would be. Mrs Y. is just serving dinner, so I'll check out the 1984 brown guide afterwards.
Climbonline is another possible source of info.
Blackhall Rocks and South Shields are okay (ish).
All the way down near Filey has some stuff, but that's as close as I know of
The 1984 guide has routes at Castle Eden Dene, Crimdon Dene and Heseldon Dene (not exactly sea cliffs). I've done a few routes in Castle Eden, and can record that the rock is like cottage cheese. There's a few routes recorded at Blackhall Rocks and at Hartlepool Headland.
Climbonline is by far and away the best and most up to date site.
I believe that climbing is not permitted in Castle Eden Dene which is some kind of Nature Reserve. Bouldering is OK North of Marsden Rock, also some bouldering/micro routes in Cleadon Park just inland from Marsden.
Website noted above is the pace to go for accurate information.
Was just wondering if there was much worth visiting as I'm getting a bit bored with Causey and Howns Gill as local (closest) spots! Price of fuel is ruining my choice of climbing venues!
When I was at college in Sunderland in 1971 my pal and I went to the seashore looking for something to climb and found a small stack, which might have been 30 ft high. We climbed it. The rock was not very good I remember and the top bit fell off after we had abbed down. It was maybe a mile or so south of the River Wear. There were some other bits of poor rock around, but that's about all I can remember about it. By now it might have eroded away.
Where is the climbing on the Headland? I work there some weeks and will go and have a look, but can't think where.
Thought it was man-made stuff
> Thought it was man-made stuff
Yes it is!
Have you checked out this place:
These boulders are man made too but perhaps climb better than The Headland?
Free unrestricted access too!
(Its not a sea cliff though!)
You can either park in the car park at Marsden then follow the path north for half a mile, look out for a black path leading down the cliff to the sea (DISUSED sewer pipe) the coves are to the left of this.
Alternate my follow the road north fro. Marsden to a busstop on the right, park near here & then walk directly over the field to the cove (shorter)
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