Get active at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Visitors walking towards Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

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

Get active

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. Whether you explore on foot or by pedal power, you can discover the fascinating history of the area, spot wildlife and enjoy scenic coastal views along your way. 
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news of guided walks and running events: @SouterNT


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.
Download a Coastal Trail

Take the Souter Saunter and discover...

  • A dramatic coast
  • A lost village
  • A variety of seabirds
  • Ghosts of industry past
  • Easy walks on well-established limestone footpaths


The two rivers cycle way is a 10.5 mile circular route starting in South Shields, continuing along the Leas and past the lighthouse.
Cycling in South Tyneside


Our ranger recommended running route takes in Whitburn Coastal Park. It's a 2km loop, but there's nothing stopping you doing it twice. Or three times. Or more! Download it here
The Leas is a great place to stretch your legs, it's the traditional finishing stretch of the world famous Great North Run and also plays host to South Shields Parkrun every Saturday.
Other running groups which regularly make the most of Souter's coastline include Run, Eat, Sleep South Shields and the Souter Lighthouse Runners. Follow the links to check out their events or get in touch with fellow runners with loads of local knowledge. 

Active Mile

Souter's Active Mile course around Whitburn Coastal Park is a great way to work on your fitness any time you visit. Start at the information board near the main car park, then follow way markers to find instructions for a different exercise at each spot.