Tea on the terrace of The Grotto.
Marsden Rock is opposite - it's much bigger than it looks in the photo. Until quite recently there was an arch to another rock but the other rock collapsed in a winter storm. In Victorian times there were steps built so visitors could climb to the top of the rock.
Looking up the beach from The Grotto.
It was lovely and warm and I was glad to have stopped and rested there. Just a shame I was there too early to drink cider.
The Grotto and the lift shaft from the top of the cliff.
If you're passing, pay it a visit. The tea is tea. Just tea. As you would expect. But the experience is worthwhile and sitting quietly on the terrace is an enjoyment.
This is Souter Lighthouse built to protect ships from the reefs. They needed it. In 1860 there were 20 shipwrecks on the reefs. Wiki tells me it's the most dangerous stretch of coastline in the country, with an average of 44 shipwrecks per mile.
Numbers. I love numbers. And these signs gave me a sense of accomplishment and progress on the walk. Number one is at the start of the cliff path south of the Tyne. Seeing the numbers rise made a number lover happy. Of course they have a serious purpose but I liked them for the numbers. Here is 89. They numbers only get as far as 90 at which point you leave National Trust land and enter the Sunderland area. If you fall of a cliff there, it'll be harder to rescue you because nobody will be able to say that you fell near 47.
A friend reliably informs me that someone called Sean Hesa made this. Thank you Sean, whoever you are. You're a star.
The estuary of the Wear looking out to Roker Pier.
Near Monkwearmouth Bridge is a sculpture of The Sun. As you walk to the estuary you pass each of the planets. This sculpture on the Roker side of the estuary looks out to space from the edge of the solar system. Or it looks out to a lighthouse depending how you think about it.
|The estuary of the River Wear|
|Looking up the Wear to Monkwearmouth|