Port Mulgrave Beach
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Hard to believe this little sand and rock beach was once a thriving port. This diminutive, now derelict, harbour used to be where ironstone from local pits was shipped up to Jarrow for processing.
These days there are still plenty of reminders of the beaches history. These include the mouth of a large tunnel which runs deep into the cliff, although now it is bricked up.
There is more ancient history at Port Mulgrave too- the beach and cliffs are rich in fossils.