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The Cove

The Cove near Marsden Grotto


The entire coastline is made up of many impressive cliffs. The quality of the rock varies from areas of excellent limestone to heinous mud! Unfortunately the latter is in the majority. By far the best is Filey Brigg which has over 60 routes. Other good areas from climberís perspective are limited to a few places, the best being just to the north of the beach at Marsden Grotto (NGR 395659). Another area with a small amount of climbable rock is at Blackhall Rocks (NGR 473 390). Some bolt protected routes have been established from time to time but these have never been considered safe enough to record.  All the coastal venues enjoy a very fickle micro climate that is exceedingly difficult to predict. A good rule of thumb is to watch for a low tide and an off shore wind. At best there is an hours bouldering at each venue and because of the unpredictable conditions neither is worth more than half an hourís drive.


Magnesian Limestone

Magnesian limestone grassland is important because of its unique assemblages of plants and plant communities, including the Blue Moor-grass and Small Scabious community which is only found in east Durham and Tyne and Wear. Magnesian limestone grassland is recognised as a nationally scarce habitat as it is restricted to Magnesian Limestone rock. Like other lowland calcareous grasslands, magnesian limestone grassland is important for its botanic and invertebrate interest. Magnesian limestone grassland supports many species which are nationally scarce or uncommon.


South Face


Central buttress and north face


Karin working out at low tide, this problem has fallen into the sea!


High Seas no climbing today then!


High Seas no climbing today then!



More details of climbing in the area in the

North East England Guide



More info about the Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau

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