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Blackhall Rocks is a beautiful coastline and is a striking afternoon walk. Walk along the sand and shingle and witness nature reclaim Blackhall. This stunning scenery was once used for Blackhall Colliery. It was renowned for its once grisly atmosphere. The beautiful scenery today is a stark contrast to what it once was.

When the tide is out, rock pools can be found. These are often filled with interesting sea critters! More wildlife can be found in the Grassland, which is frequented by all sorts of animals. Blackhall Rocks is home to foxes, hares, voles, stoats, weasels and has one of the largest toad populations in County Durham! Breath-taking wildflower meadows can also be found. The meadows are in their full bloom from June to July.

Due to its rich meadows and Grassland, Blackhall Rocks is a wonderful place for bird enthusiasts. Birds such as short-eared owls, kestrels, meadow pipits and many more reside in its landscape. It also has one of the highest densities of breeding skylarks in Durham! Please note, that because of its rich wildlife, Blackhall Rocks require dogs to be on leads.

The coastline is lined with caves and cliffs. Several of these cliff faces are steep. However, these steeper cliffs are well sign-posted. Please take care near cliff edges. The scenery and atmosphere vary depending on the weather, making each visit special and memorable!

 A carpark can be found by turning left off the A1086 under the railway bridge. The beach can be accessed via steep steps, which some may find problematic.

Please note, there is no life guard cover.

Q Can Blackhall Rocks be accessed via public transport?

Yes, there is a regular bus service which runs from Sunderland towards Black Hall. There is then a short walk to Black Hall Rocks.

Q Are there periwinkles/ winkles here?

Yes! There is all sorts of sea life living in the rock pools!

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