This walk is part of the trek Great North Forest Path.
This stretch of the walk does not pass through any forests, however it takes in a beautiful stretch of the North East coast, an historic lighthouse, old lime kilns, nature reserve, water tower and windmill, overlapping with Bede's Way and the England Coast Path.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) From the car park, take the path heading in a northeast direction along the cliff tops. This will pass behind the houses and school. Follow this path around the coastline to Souter Lighthouse, following any signs for the England Coast Path (ECP).
(1) At Souter Lighthouse, take either the path around the cliff tops or the more direct one to the old car park now sealed off. The path here will bend to the left and meet the Coast Road.
(2) Cross the Coast Road and take the path leading up to the old Lime Kilns. Continue along this path (north) until you come to a path junction at the Caravan Park.
(3) Turn left (west) and follow the path along the edge of the caravan park until you reach Lizard Lane.
(4) Cross Lizard Lane and take the left (southwest) path which skirts the bottom edge of Marsden Old Quarry Local Nature Reserve which will be on your right. Whitburn Golf Club will be on your left.
Alternative route avoiding the golf course: If you do not wish to walk across the golf course, take the right path which skirts the top of Marsden Old Quarry Local Nature Reserve and exit the reserve at the White Horse Inn. Walk along Quarry Lane and then turn left into The Lonnen, then turn left into Hillside passing the nursery. At the end of Hillside continue following the path south until you reach (6).
(5) When you reach the houses there are several paths, turn right over the stile and carefully cross the golf course following the markers and staying off the green. Go through the gate and continue until you reach the access road.
(6) Turn right onto the access road, this will bend to the left and then to your right. Continue along this path (west) until you reach Sunniside Lane, then turn right (north) continuing to walk along the road.
(7) When you reach the gateway for the Cleadon Water Tower, take the path to your left (west). You will have fields on your left and houses on your right. This is part of the Bede's Way/Way of Learning. When you reach Sunderland Road, the walk ends here at The New Ship Inn (A).
D : km 0 - alt. 9m - Whitburn Bents Car Park.
1 : km 3.51 - alt. 16m - Souter Lighthouse
2 : km 4.03 - alt. 27m - Coast Road (A183)
3 : km 4.73 - alt. 38m - Caravan Park
4 : km 5 - alt. 56m - Lizard Lane
5 : km 5.98 - alt. 69m - Path Junction
6 : km 6.65 - alt. 80m - Access Road
7 : km 6.98 - alt. 68m - Entrance to Cleadon Water Tower
A : km 7.61 - alt. 46m - New Ship Inn
Transport: Park at Whitburn Bents Car Park. To catch a bus back to the beginning, walk north along Sunderland Road to Harton Nook, the E6 bus stop is near Nook Cafe/Subway. Alternatively if you wish to make a circular walk, follow Bede's Way Section 4 Walk.
Facilities: There are cafes in Whitburn and at Souter Lighthouse. You can also get refreshements at The New Ship Inn at the end of the walk or Nook Cafe/Subway in Harton Nook before you catch the bus. Just down the coast from Whitburn is Seaburn with public toilets and the Stack full of eateries.
Accessibility: This walk is not fully accessible as it includes stiles and uneven dirt paths.
Accommodation: The Seaburn Inn (brand new) and the The Grand Hotel Sunderland (Marriott) are both located on the seafront at Seaburn just a short walk from the end of the walk. The Marsden Grotto pub also has rooms.
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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 the 5th section begins at Whitburn with a stroll through the village and into Cornthwaite Park before following the seafront to Seaburn Park
Bede's way is a 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 the 6th section begins at Seaburn Park before passing through Roker before finishing at St Peter's Church.
This riverside section of the England Coast Path follows the mouth of the Wear from Roker to Hendon finishing at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the city centre. The Wear was famous for its shipbuilding, all now long gone, but its religious past and glass making industry are still present. Alongside new developments the changing face of Sunderland is very evident in this walk.
This section of the England Coast Path includes some of the most spectacular and varied coastline in the North East. Heavily industrialised in the past, the coastline is slowly being reclaimed by nature and includes busy marinas, seaside resorts and wild clifftops supporting a range of flora and fauna. The area also has many denes, steep wooded ravines, which can be explored as side trips from the main England Coast Path. This section utilises the Durham Heritage Coast Path.
This section begins at Souter Lighthouse and follows the England Coast Path through Whitburn and Seaburn to Roker. The England Coast Path itself runs along the cliff tops and is a narrow footpath from Souter Lighthouse to South Bents where it joins the main public footpath. From there, the promenade can be followed to Roker. The end of this section overlaps with the Weardale Way allowing walkers who have arrived from Weardale to continue their walk.
This walk covers urban areas at the beginning and end, and in the middle a pleasant walk alongside the River Don. However fields will be in view throughout the walk. As such, some of the walk is along busy roads and includes a level crossing.
Bede's way is a 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 the 4th section begins in South Shields and finishes at Whitburn Hall passing Cleadon Hills and Windmill.
This England Coast Path section starts in Sunderland City Centre and picks up the route in Hendon following a mostly urban route for the first half of the walk which then turns down to the cliff tops for the remainder of the walk to Ryhope. On this route you will see many new developments, including the A1018 which the route follows
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