It’s hard to show from a distance just how bleak Seaham Blast is. The entire beach is two metres deep of coal and iron-ore slag that was dropped from the foundry and the pit that used to sit on the cliff tops.
It’s so otherworldly they used it as a landscape in Alien 3.
The coastline is littered with things like this wall – a stone windbreak as reimagined by some wealthy creative type. My pal Wilson hates ‘public art’ but I think this is quite pretty.
And this tree trunk is 350 million years old. If you believe the Abrahamic religions you might disagree, but you’d be wrong.