B7 – Seeping Cliffs Beneath Sea Cliff Bridge **

Difficulty: some narrow paths above rocks and sea.  Bits and pieces of hazardous rusted metal.

Summary: Many saunter along the top of the Sea Cliff Bridge, gazing down at the surf crashing on the rock shelves far below and out to the horizon with its distant ships.  Walking beneath the bridge is a different experience.  Towering grey pylons, dumped rubbish, graffiti,  loose, seeping coal cliffs and a single, rain dependent, small stream.

Directions: As for B6, but instead of crossing the road to the escarpment side and ascending the concrete spillway at the pine tree cove, turn left, jump over the fence and head down a broad, easy track to the coastal rock shelf below, then follow the bridge pylons around to beneath the southern end of the Sea Cliff bridge.  At one point compelled to stray up the slope on the escarpment side.  Follow a grassy stream bed back to the pylons.  Continue south past evidence of old coal mining activity (framing timber sticking out of the shale walls, old mesh fences, twisted bits of rusted metal) to a large section of low, blocky cliff.  Walk past old steel ladders leading up to mine entrances and then back down to the coastal rock shelf.  25 minutes from the cove.

Point of disappearance: nothing worth ascending – and all too difficult in any case.

B3 - B8
B3 – B8

 

Beneath bridge
Beneath bridge
Rock shelf and bridge pylons
Rock shelf and bridge pylons

B7a: Seeping algae cliff wall

Seeping wall
Seeping wall
Close up
Close up

B7b: Rainwater stream down grassy slope

Small stream
Small stream
Rock shelf stream outlet
Rock shelf stream outlet

B7c: Seeping coal cliff

Coal, shale, mud
Coal, shale, mud

B7d: Seeping coal cliff

Muddy crack
Muddy crack

B7e: Seeping coal cliff

Hanging bike
Hanging bike

B7f: Seeping coal cliff

Straight corner
Straight corner

B7g: Seeping coal cliff

Mine entrance above
Mine entrance above

B7h: Seeping coal cliff

Old handrail above
Old handrail above

B7i: Seeping coal cliff

Long section
Long section

B7j: Seeping coal cliff

Coal boulder
Coal boulder

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