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The geology of the area is such that the majority of reefs run east to west, have a sheer north face and a top that slopes southwards to disappear into the sand – something like a saw-tooth in cross section.

When approaching Beadnell harbour, take note of the shape of the main headland, it’s a typical profile albeit larger than most. Usually the highest reef in a group is to the north and several smaller reefs parallel it to the south. Sometimes the most southerly reef of a group cannot be found depending on how the winter storms have moved the sand around.

The north faces are riddled with crevices, some of which penetrate several metres. In previous years these held large populations of edible crustaceans but their numbers seem to have reduced in recent years.


Lady's Hole

Max Depth: 10 m

Minimum grade: Suitable for supervised training of PADI OW divers.

Current: Negligible.

Approx. dist from shop Parking / Entry Fee Facilities
56m / 1hr 15min Free (on road) Toilets, sandwich van

We regularly use Lady’s Hole as a training site for PADI Open Water divers along with PADI Advanced diver training and PADI Rescue course for most of the year weather permitting.

The walk to the entry point is a little steep but well worth the effort, feel free to make more than one trip with your equipment, many divers do. Also take care on the rocks as you approach the entry point, the rocks can be slippery, take your time and a buddies arm if you need to.

Lady’s Hole has a reef wall to the south side of the bay, this is easily found by following a bearing of 110° when entering the water. The reef slopes gently upward to the north, the bay contains a reef on either side and a sandy area in the middle with a gully. Entry from the beach leads on to a rocky area which gradually becomes a sandy base. The bottom slopes gradually out till 10 metres deep, were it drops by another few metres in depth. Lots of growth and kelp around the reef area to the north. A selection of fish, as well as Lobsters and Scallops can be seen around the site, the Lobsters like to hide in the crevices so look carefully and you may see a whopper.

Finding your way back to shore is an equally easy task to navigate, just remember West is best, as you follow back towards the shore you will see the bay shallow off as you approach the entry / exit point.

Beadnell Point - North

Max. depth: 14 mtrs
Currents: Negligible except on surface at seaward end.

The north side of the point is reached in the same way as above, however it does involve a much longer walk to the end of the point. Especially at low water!

The submerged reef extends at least 150 metres seawards, curving slightly northwards, and in places the vertical face is five metres high. Being in the main current stream means that it’s covered in life – anemones and alcyonium etc.; it’s a pleasant swim over the full length and to finish off your air the wreckage of the Yewglen.

The Yewglen ran aground on Beadnell point in February 1960. Her remains now lie in 8 meters of water is less than twenty metres from the entry point. Among the wreckage which can still be seen are hatches, boiler, plates, girders and bits of machinery.

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