Dating saltburn by the sea
The dunes on the eastern flank are protected by three slag banks close to the breakwater, known as the German Charlies that are partly exposed at low tide.The land is made from thousands of tons of basic slag from blast furnaces.Built on the reclaimed land of Bran Sands is the ore terminal, sinter plant, coke plant, and blast furnace of SSI's Teesside Steelworks.The plant was mothballed in 2010, reopening in April 2012, only to be mothballed again on 28 September 2015, and finally closed on 12 October 2015. As well as those out for a stroll other activities indulged in include sea fishing from small boats and angling from the concrete breakwater, photography of wildlife and shipping etc., also birdwatching, Near the end of the breakwater, in the fenced compound, there is a tall steel framed mast, housing air speed measurement devices.
The mast is 164 feet (50 m) tall and 15.3 feet (4.7 m) wide at the base.
Before the building of South Gare, permanent dry land stopped at Tod Point, at the western end of Warrenby and there was only Coatham Sands and the mudflats of Bran Sands.
The creation of South Gare extends this by a further 2.5 miles (4.0 km).
Between Guy's Hole and Powder Hole is the remains of the Powder Jetty (or Powder Wharf) dating from the First World War or earlier.
South Gare & Coatham Sands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.