Souter Lighthouse autumn trail

Walking trail

An easy autumnal stroll for all the family across well-established limestone footpaths.

Start your walk from Souter Lighthouse and end at Rocket Green meadow; home to autumn gentian, bee orchid and dropwort.

Two visitors walk towards Souter Lighthouse, silhouetted against the sky at dusk


Map of Souter Lighthouse autumn trail


Souter Lighthouse, grid ref: NZ407641


Start at the lighthouse itself and make your way toward the foghorn at the bottom of Foghorn Field. Exit through the green gate behind the foghorn.


Follow the coastal path nearest to the cliffs southwards with the sea on your left.

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A redwing perches on a branch among red berries


Here you will find our bird hide overlooking Whitburn Nature Reserve. If you stop a while, you're likely to see several species visiting the feeders.

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Walk back along the other coastal path as marked on the map.

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Go down to the wherry. Here you can take a look at our stunning sea views and maybe skim a few stones.


Go back to the coastal path and walk north to the lighthouse.


Walk up the bank and to the green gate at the south of the lighthouse.


Turn left and make your way to the front of the lighthouse. Here you will find our tea-room, where you can relax with a hot drink.

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Souter Lighthouse, grid ref: NZ407641

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Souter Lighthouse autumn trail


Mostly easy walking across well-established footpaths. Be aware of cliff edges.

Dogs welcome under close control.

Souter Lighthouse autumn trail

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Souter Lighthouse autumn trail

How to get here

Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH
By train

East Boldon and South Shields (Tyne and Wear Metro) both 3 miles (5km).

By road

On A183 coast road.

By ferry

Shields Ferry crosses River Tyne from North Shields to South Shields twice hourly.

By bus

E1, E2 and E6 from Sunderland and South Shields either pass by lighthouse or close by.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 1, adjacent to property.

Souter Lighthouse autumn trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Café
  • Picnic tables
  • Gift shop
  • Children's play area
  • Dogs welcome under close control