A walk along the beach at Ryhope

Tuesday 13 June 2017
It’s a bit of a shame that the beach at Ryhope is no longer blessed with the sand for which it was once famous.

I remember it being a very sandy beach and very popular on warm Summer days. I also remember that someone was granted a license to extract the sand, I think it may have been the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. I don’t quite know what the thinking was, maybe they thought there was so much of it, that what they removed, would be replaced by Mother Nature. Well it never was and the beach has been more rock than sand ever since.

Some years, it looks as though the sand is returning, but then it disappears again. This year is not a good year and what sand there is, only appears at low tide.

You get some idea of the rate of erosion when you see a sea stack like this and remember when it was once part of the cliffs and not a separate feature…

 

The cliffs at the southern end of the beach, near to a rock feature known as ‘The Pin Cushion’ are particularly unstable and sea caves, stacks and arches have formed in the last few years…
The cliffs along this section of the coast are very unstable. They are composed of limestone and overlaid with sandy gravel and various amounts of boulder clay…
Past this point, the beach becomes much rockier until you arrive at the entrance to Ryhope Dene…