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|Marsden Bay and Cleadon Hills|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Tyne and Wear, Marsden|
|A 5 mile circular coastal walk from Marsden in Tyne and Wear. The route heads inland through the rolling farmland and meadows before returning along a stretch of the dramatic coast. There is plenty of interest along the way with old windmills, the iconic Cleadon Water Tower, the impressive coastal sea stacks and lovely views throughout, which stretch for miles around. |
The walk has several long but gentle climbs and descents. The paths are generally firm but can be muddy in winter and some parts can be a little overgrown in the summer so long trousers are recommended. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus seven stiles (low stone stiles and low wooden stiles with large open gaps alongside that should be easy for most dogs to pass through or climb over). The fields along the route were all crop fields (not holding any livestock) at the time of writing. The route crosses a golf course so take particular care here to avoid any flying stray golf balls. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Marsden is located on the southern outskirts of South Shields on the North Sea Coast, Tyne and Wear. The walk starts and finishes from the National Trust Whitburn Coastal Park car park (free of charge at the time of writing) which is signed off the A183 Coast Road. Turn into the entrance, then turn right (NOT left which leads to Souter Lighthouse) and follow the road down to the car park at the very end of the lane. Approximate post code SR6 7NQ.
|Start to Millside|
Start point: 54.9644 lat, -1.3596 long
Standing in the car park with the access road to the right, walk ahead (heading south) to join the narrow gravel path towards houses. Turn left at the T-junction and you will pass the signs on the left for Whitburn Coastal Park and Local Nature Reserve. Follow the gravel path with the houses to the right.
|Millside to Well House Farm|
Start point: 54.9565 lat, -1.3654 long
A few paces later, turn right through the gap in the stone wall to enter the grounds of the restored windmill. The mill dates from the 1700s and is Grade II listed. It was fully restored, including the fitting of a full set of sails, in the 1990s. Follow the paved path uphill, passing the windmill on the left.
|Well House Farm to Cleadon Windmill|
Start point: 54.9543 lat, -1.3743 long
Go ahead through the farm yard via the pair of gates (or the two low stone stiles should the gates be closed). Beyond the farm yard, keep ahead on the narrow path between crop fields with the hedge running on the right.
|Cleadon Windmill to Golf Course|
Start point: 54.9619 lat, -1.3935 long
Alongside the windmill you will see an information board giving more details about the local area. The windmill dates from the 1820s but was partially destroyed by a storm in the 1870s and then suffered the indignity of being a target for gunnery practice for troops in World War I. The windmill is sited on the highest point within the Cleadon Hills, a ridge of high ground which, about 260 million years ago, was a group of small islands in a tropical lagoon.
|Golf Course to Coast Road|
Start point: 54.9664 lat, -1.3943 long
Take particular care for the next stretch which crosses the golf course. Allow golfers to play their shots before you proceed and keep your eyes peeled for any stray flying golf balls. Cross the golf course at about 11 o’clock, following the series of footpath signs with yellow posts. At the far side, a single yellow post marks the way into the area of scrub.
|Coast Road to End|
Start point: 54.9756 lat, -1.3762 long
Cross over with care, keep ahead across the grass verge and then turn right along the grass path which follows the cliff edge on the left. This stretch of the coast is particularly beautiful with its tall cliffs above sandy beaches. You will see isolated sections of tall rock which are now surrounded by sea, known as sea stacks, the largest of which is Marsden Rock. The stacks make valuable nesting sites for sea birds including gulls and cormorants.
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