A giant 40ft sinkhole has appeared in a coastal hotspot near Sunderland – and it has unearthed a secret hidden beach.
What was once a small sinkhole and minor inconvenience to passersby in 2003, has since grown into a natural phenomenon known as the Souter Hole. Due to erosion and landslips, the gaping hole in the cliffs at Whitburn has grown larger year on year.
It has grown so big that it now reveals a beach underneath with the sea forcing its way through one of the cracks in the cliff walls.
Former GP and beach artist Clair Eason captured the true extent of the sinkhole while exploring the coastline near her home.