Marsden Bay

See & doMarsden Bay

Marsden Bay is one of nature's greatest gifts with soaring cliffs, beautiful bays and a home to England's most important seabird colonies with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants, a true haven for wildlife. Take a walk and enjoy some bird watching and see if you can spot any new visitors to the colonies!

Blow those cobwebs away and admire the spectacular coastline views from the 250 million year old rocks along the The Leas, a two mile coastal route, managed by the National Trust. This is a great spot for walking, cycling and flying kites.

Take a tour of Marsden Bay and go rock pooling to catch some crabs or muscles, find some caves used by smugglers from the past and get fit by climbing the famous cliff steps.

View Marsden Rock and Camel Island- both famous, local landmarks or skip stones and explore the surrounding bays for some breathtaking scenery.   

If you fancy some refreshment or lunch then make a pit stop at the Marsden Grotto pub. This is Europe's only 'cave pub' hewn out of the rocks at a time when smugglers roamed the shores. Marsden Bay is known locally for its colourful history of smugglers, wrecks and famous ghost John the Jibber who is said to haunt the Grotto!

A 10 minute walk from Marsden Bay along the coast leads to landmark Souter Lighthouse - the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. Take a tour of the machinery, engine room and even climb to the top of the tower - it's definitely worth the effort!

Marsden Bay was voted one of the UK's top 25 hidden gems and it's the perfect location to spend an afternoon or summer evening.

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