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The Cove

Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND

Climbs 3 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces E

Crag features
The Cove is the best section of the coastline between Marsden Rock and South Shields for climbing, although fun can be had at various points along this coastline.

The Cove has walls up to 7m high at the seaward end with a steep shingle beach to land on when the tide is out. Very atmospheric considering its proximity to Nissanland and the shipyards. Traversing out over the waves is my favorite.

Good steep traverses and very steep problems, some of them easy lunges between jugs others as hard as you want. (Did I mention that it's steep).

The only drawback is the moisture that coats the crag under certain weather conditions - it must depend on wave size, wind direction, temperature, etc. I've enjoyed climbing there when it's damp but it wouldn't suit the hard problems. Chalk adds to the slippiness on the big holds so use it sparingly.

If it's too wet, try Lonnen (Cleadon) Quarry instead.

Access notes
Find the Grotto Pub on the Marsden seafront and head north towards South Shields. Where the houses on the left come closest to the road, park just short of the bus stop on the parking lane alongside the wide expanse of grass (The Leas). Head straight down to the coast. If you find a clifftop steel barrier fence, follow it to its northern end. The cove in question is the next one along after the fence ends. There is a concrete strip hiding a pipe running down the small headland that marks the south edge of The Cove.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed 

0.6mm rain
Sun
20 °C
9 kph

3.7mm rain
Sun
17 °C
18 kph

0.4mm rain
Cloudy
17 °C
20 kph

0.5mm rain
Mainly cloudy
18 °C
14 kph

0.3mm rain
Sunny periods
18 °C
23 kph
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Guidebooks
North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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1The Rite Aretef3+ 5
2Prow Aretef2+ *6
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3The Scoopf2 7
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There are a few more offerings on the next cove along - north. (North Cove) in particular - the detatched undercut block on the left
mark237 - 28/Aug/09