A short set of photos from a trip to the Durham coast around Souter Lighthouse (National Trust).

SouterView

View from the top of the lighthouse. The green in the foreground is the site of former Marsden village, which was already under threat from coastal erosion in the 1950s and was demolished shortly after its colliery closed in 1968.

SouterDroptube

The green column is not structural, but rather is a tube down which weights would drop in order to turn the lantern mechanism at the top of the lighthouse.

SouterSea

Coast around Souter.

SouterArchesSouterStack2

Structures formed by erosion.
SouterArchSouterArch2

Given the loose nature of the rock, it’s surprising that this fragile-looking arch has survived. It didn’t feel safe place to hang around!

County Durham coast

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