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South Gare is an area of reclaimed land and breakwater on the southern side of the mouth of the River Tees in Redcar and Cleveland, England.
It is accessed by taking the South Gare Road (private road) from Fisherman's Crossing at the western end of Tod Point Road in Warrenby.
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).
To construct South Gare a rail line was built from the Warrenby iron works to carry men and materials.
When construction was complete the rail line was used, wind permitting, with a sail bogey to move visitors, servicemen, lifeboatmen and lighthouse crew out to the lighthouse and gun installations close to the end of South Gare.
The lifeboat station has had a Tyne class lifeboat since 1986 and in 2003 new lifeboat crew facilities were built however the lifeboat station was closed a few years later with coverage being supplied by Hartlepool lifeboat.
A coastguard station is located south of South Gare Lighthouse.
This tower houses a radar antennae, an automatic fog detector and a vertical set of four sectored red and white leading lights for navigation purposes.
There is second fog detector system mounted on the Fairway Buoy in Tees Bay outside the river entrance.
There are also two smaller harbours south of Paddy's Hole named Guy's Hole and Powder Hole (or Sand Hole).
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.