Get active

Stretch those legs © John Millar

Stretch those legs

Whether you want to walk, run or cycle our green open space provides the perfect base for getting outdoors and keeping fit.

The Leas is two and a half miles of wave cut foreshore and coastal grassland. Whitburn Coastal Park is reclaimed colliery land criss-crossed with managed paths. Discover the history and scenic coastal views your way.


Get your walking boots on

Get your walking boots on

Whether you want a stroll or something more challenging, there's a walking route to suit everyone. If you're a walking group and want to arrange a stop at Souter to refuel and refresh, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help. Fancy a challenge? Try Orienteering!

Walking Trails

Take the Souter Saunter or the Autumn Trail and discover...

  • a dramatic coast
  • a lost village
  • a variety of seabirds
  • ghosts of industry past

Easy walks on well established limestone footpaths

Social bike rides

Explore the coastline on regular healthy bike rides with Sustrans and the National Trust in 2014.

Each Tuesday at 10am from 25 March, get back on the bike, meet new friends and feel free!


Explore the coast on two wheels

Explore the coast on two wheels

The two rivers cycle way is a 10.5 mile circular route starting in South Shields, continuing along the Leas and past the lighthouse. Get a free hot drink when you arrive at Souter on your bike.


Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

The Leas is a great place to stretch your legs, it's the finishing stretch of the world famous Great North Run and also plays host to a park run every Saturday.


The scenic coastline around Souter provides the perfect backdrop for all kinds of activities.

Have a go at orienteering with our map.