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Saltburn/Brotton Circular Walk VIII
Passing through Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve, the woodland of yesterday’s post, is this orange stream. There is concern about it, as it flows into the sea at Saltburn Beach. After heavy rain a definite orange stain can be detected in the sea if it is fairly calm. The colour is caused by seepage from dis-used ironstone mines in the area. I’m not sure of the name of the stream; we just call it “The Beck”. The iron has killed off all insect life in the beck and hence there are no fish. It is said that as much as three-quarters of a ton of iron sediment collects each day on the beck’s bed. You can see the stained rocks in the WS photos. The local council has had meetings about the issue but so far no action has been taken.

There are two complementary shots in the WS. Before someone mentions it none of the images are over-sharpened, just highly compressed because of the large amount of information with all the tiny leaves, some of which are glittering in the sun making matters worse.

Click on the travelogue to see earlier shots from the walk.

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