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Great North Run: Welcome to The Leas

Nearly there! © Nick Dolan

Nearly there!

The world's greatest half marathon finishes on The Leas - a stretch of coast we're proud to look after. If you're running this years race - good luck! For ideas for training routes check out the running article on the right, and if your family and friends are coming to cheer you on, let them know about parking, eating and visiting Souter Lighthouse

Great North Run: Visit the Lighthouse

A miniature Souter or giant visitors? © NTPL/John Millar

A miniature Souter or giant visitors?

Souter Lighthouse was the first in the world to be lit by electricity. Pop in to learn what life was like for a lighthouse keeper and climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower. We've got loads of games and activities to keep the little ones entertained. 

Great North Run: Park up for the day

A red and white life saver © NTPL/Roger Coulam

A red and white life saver

We'll be opening the car park at Souter Lighthouse from 7am on the day of the Great North Run. It's £4 a day and all of the money we raise will help us to look after the beautiful stretch of coastline you're visiting. National Trust members park for free. 

Great North Run: Fuel up at the café

A red and white life saver © NTPL/Roger Coulam

A red and white life saver

Pop into the café for your breakfast, lunch or dinner. We'll have the bacon sizzling from 7am and will be serving a selection of soups, sandwiches and scones throughout the day. We have lots of vegetarian and gluten free options too.


Great North Run: Check out the wildlife

A red and white life saver © NTPL/Dave Mitchell

A red and white life saver

The Leas is a haven for wildlife. If you get to the finish line a little early take a walk along the coast and see what you can spot. There's plants and sea birds and a nature reserve. 


Do you prefer running in a group, finding a scenic route and going solo, or getting competitive in a race? Either way, we hope our running groups, routes and races will give you inspiration to dust off those trainers and get running!

Win a stay in Hadrian's Wall country

You could be packing the car, fixing bikes to the back and heading off for a big adventure in the outdoors.

Enter our competition to win a short break at Housesteads Cottage, just 50 yards from the ruins of Housestead Fort.

British Cycling guided bike rides

Get on your bike for a friendly welcome at a property near you © British Cycling

Get on your bike for a friendly welcome at a property near you

We've teamed up with the experts - British Cycling and Sky Rides - to organise some free guided bike rides for you. There are a variety of rides including the South Tyne Trail and routes exploring the countryside around Wallington and Gibside. All you have to do is book a place for you and your family. 

Our promise to cyclists

Turn up on two wheels

Turn up on two wheels

We're serious about cycling here at the National Trust in the North East. And we just love seeing people turn up at our places on two wheels - it's great for the environment. To say thank you, we promise to look after your cycling needs. We have places to lock up your bike, we'll help out if you've got a puncture, and we'll even throw in a free cuppa if you're buying a meal or snack from us.

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