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11: Fissure

Blast Beach: Fissure

Erosion on Durham’s limestone coast, slowed by rock waste, will increase due to climate change, sea level rise, and waste removal.

09: Red Lagoons

Blast Beach: Green coloured sediments due to sulphur released from the Carboniferous shale

At Blast Beach’s south, a remarkable red lagoon formed by rock waste from mining activity. Iron-rich water interacts with Carboniferous rocks.

08: The Blast Beach Profile

Blast Beach Beach reverse profile

As you head south, Blast Beach shifts from flat to convex profile due to sediment. Red lagoons form, coloured by iron-rich Carboniferous rocks.

07: Old boots

Blast Beach waste platform

Miner’s boots, like nail boots, are part of Blast Beach’s industrial history. Thousands were buried in rock waste. Rare find today.

06: The Rock Waste Platform

Blast Beach 006 Platform

Blast Beach’s man-made platform, unique on a rocky coast, protects cliffs from marine forces, allowing unexpected plant growth. Exceptional and surprising.

05: Industrial Archaeology

Blast Beach: Industrial Archaeology

Blast Beach waste reveals mining history: old conveyor belt fragments and railway track sections confirm coal transport and mining activity.

03: Nose’s Point

Blast Beach: The site of Dawdon Colliery

Nose’s Point: Once an industrial hub, coal mining left rock waste dumped on nearby beaches. Clues remain today.