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. Discover the history and scenic coastal views your way.


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!
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.
Get a free hot drink with any food purchase when you arrive at Souter on your bike.
Cycling in South Tyneside


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 Parkrun every Saturday.
South Shields Parkrun
Each Sunday morning, runners of all ages and abilities can tackle a 5k or 2k course around Whitburn Coastal Park. A great start to Sunday, especially if followed by a visit to the Lighthouse Cafe. For route maps and details of how to get inolved, visit the Great Run Local website.


The scenic coastline around Souter provides the perfect backdrop for all kinds of activities.
Have a go at orienteering with our map.
Orienteering at Souter