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A marvel of its age

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity.

To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. South of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve – reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.

Great North Runners

Nearly there! © Nick Dolan

Nearly there!

It's that time of year again when thousands of runners take to the roads of Tyne and Wear to take part in Europe's biggest half marathon. The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 13 September and finishes on The Leas, land cared for by our team of National Trust Rangers and volunteers. If you're after a stress free race day we've got just what you need. Waiting for friends and family at the finish line? Make the wait simple by starting and ending your day at Souter. Park with ease beside the Lighthouse from 6am and drop in for breakfast. After that, stroll the 2 miles along the sea front on coastal footpaths to the finish line. Once you’ve met up with loved ones, you can return to the safe haven of Souter for a well-earned rest and some carbs to refuel the runners. As its race day, the Lighthouse and café will stay open until 6pm so that you can leave at your own pace and avoid the rush.

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