Bede's Way Walk Section 4 - South Shields to Whitburn

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins in South Shields and finishes at Whitburn Hall passing Cleadon Hills and Windmill.

Technical sheet
No. 17674870
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 05/12/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 13/12/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h25[?]
Distance Distance : 4.37km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 46m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 48m
Highest point Highest point : 77m
Lowest point Lowest point : 28m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.962672° / W 1.414396°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.949484° / W 1.366759°
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Description

(D) From South Shields Community School. From the opposite corner of the roundabout (King George Road) take the footpath, there will be houses on your left and fields to your right.
Follow this path until you reach Sunderland Road, cross the road and continue following the track on the other side of the road. This path will climb up to the Cleadon Hills until reaching Sunniside Lane.

(1) Look up to see the Cleadon Water Tower then turn right and walk down Sunniside lane turning left following the public footpath (Whitburn 1.5 miles), continue uphill until you reach a gate in the wall to your right.

(2) Go through the gate and walk diagonally across the field towards the Cleadon Hills Windmill.
From the windmill walk to the corner of the field along the path which hugs the wall, head down to either stile/gate.

(3). The path splits here one path to the north and one to the south of the trees, take either path as the rejoin at the end of the trees.
Continue to follow the path, this will bend around sharply to the right, then the left, then right again, then left again following the edge of the fields, eventually reaching Well House Farm.
Continue to the road junction and turn right onto Wellands Lane.

(4) Walk down Wellands Lane until you reach North Guards, turn right then left into Sandy Chare.

(5) Whitburn Pond is located on this corner if you wish to see it otherwise, walk down Sandy Chare and then turn left into Front Street.
Continue walking, taking either Church Lane to continue onto the next stage or ending the walk at Whitburn Hall. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 31m - South Shields Community School
1 : km 1.11 - alt. 69m - Sunniside Lane
2 : km 1.32 - alt. 74m - Gate in Wall
3 : km 1.76 - alt. 68m - Gate/Stile
4 : km 3.5 - alt. 39m - Wellands Lane
5 : km 4.04 - alt. 29m - Whitburn Pond
A : km 4.37 - alt. 29m - Whitburn Hall, Front Street

Useful Information

  • Transport: If you are starting your walk here, there is no parking at the start of the walk, but you can park in Temple Park car park and exit the park onto King George Road. Alternatively park at Whitburn Bents car park. There are no direct buses from Whitburn to the start of the walk, but the E6 stops at the corner of Prince Edward Road and King George Road, again this means a walk down King George Road. The closest stop is at South Shields Community School or the Ridgeway on King George Road which is linked to Sunderland and South Shields.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities along this route, the Ridgeway Service Station is at the start of the route, you can buy snacks here. There are cafes in Whitburn.
  • Accessibility: This route includes fields and stiles and therefore is not classed as accessible for wheelchair users.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Temple Park (South Shields)
  • Cleadon Hills
  • Cleadon Windmill
  • Whitburn

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