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Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« on: Sep 10, 2006, 22:31 »
Walked up the coast today with Cru and Sam from Souter Lighthouse to South Shields. The weather was superb, warm with a light southerly breeze. Slightly hazy, but good enough to get these shots.


Souter Lighthouse

Foghorn warning

Marsden Rock

Marsden Grotto from Marsden Rock

In the caves under Marsden Rock


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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #1 on: Sep 11, 2006, 07:57 »
Some good shots there, pumpkin, looks like a good day out.

Has it ever been answered why Marsden Rock collapsed ?
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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #2 on: Sep 11, 2006, 09:05 »
Yes it was a really good day. I thought the mist was going to spoil it, but the closer we got to the coast, the better it got. By the time we arrived the fog had lifted and it was glorious sunshine. It stayed that way all day.

The arch was origianlly created in 1911 when a section of the rock collapsed into the sea. This rock arch at Marsden then collapsed in a storm in February 1996. The second stack that was left was demolished a year later as a matter of public safety.

This is how it used to look



and the rest of the article is here : http://www.skylighters.org/marsden/ including some pictures of the demolition.

It is a case of continuous weathering that does the damage. The rock is continually being undermined, as can be seen by the caves underneath. Two years after the arch disappeared, a large section of cliff collapsed into the sea, all part of the continuous erosion process. Eventually, new rock stacks will be calved from the cliffs to become tourist attractions for the next centuries.

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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #3 on: Sep 11, 2006, 10:16 »
Is it ten years ago already ? Blimey, time really does fly. Has there been any research done into when the caves will give in as well ?
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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #4 on: Sep 11, 2006, 11:00 »
new rock stacks will be calved from the cliffs to become tourist attractions for the next centuries.

I'm sure that watching rocks been calved :shock: would certainly be a major tourist attraction.
Whereas if they carved then it would be a lesser spectacle
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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #5 on: Sep 11, 2006, 11:04 »
Nah, I think it's just a case of they'll go when they go. It'll probably be a couple of centuries though before Marsden Rock collapses further, depends on the weather really.

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Re: Souter Lighthouse and Marsden - Sept 10th 2006
« Reply #6 on: Sep 11, 2006, 14:20 »
new rock stacks will be calved from the cliffs to become tourist attractions for the next centuries.

I'm sure that watching rocks been calved :shock: would certainly be a major tourist attraction.
Whereas if they carved then it would be a lesser spectacle

I'll spare you the embarassment.  :)

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