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Albion Sands

Albion Sands is a small secluded beach on the western side of Gateholm Island. It gets its name from the paddle steamer (Albion) which was beached here in April 1837 after striking Crab Rock in Jack Sound. Parts of the wreck can still be seen at low tide. The beach consists of sand and rocks backed by high cliffs of mudstones and sandstones. Access is either from Marloes beach at low tide, or via a steep, rugged route from the coast path. Walking from Marloes beach will usually involve walking across some rocks and carries the risk of being cut off by the tide.

The nearest parking is the NT (attended) car park for Marloes beach. From here the shortest route is to take the footpath towards the youth hostel and continue past Marloes Mere until the track enters a field. Bear left to meet the coast path after about 150 yards. Turn right and at the next corner a narrow path leads out towards the promontory. This can be followed down to the shore.

Marloes Mere is good for bird-watching, with some rare breeding and migrant waders. Gateholm island was once the site of an iron age settlement, and in those times it was better connected to the mainland than it is now.

The photos were taken 1½ hours after low tide.

Albion sands looking NorthAlbion sands looking North
Albion sands looking North
Albion sands looking North
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