Souter Lighthouse Ranger Run

Running trail

A scenic trail run route around the site of the former Whitburn Colliery, now home to grasslands, wildflowers and a variety of birds. This short but interesting and enjoyable run takes in a full lap of Whitburn Coastal Park Nature Reserve. We suggest running it in both directions – you’ll be surprised how much more you see.

What makes Whitburn Coastal Park special?

This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series. A major coal mine dominated this area from the 1870’s until it closed in 1968 leaving behind a derelict, industrialised landscape. In 1992 regeneration of the area began, and the transformation over the years since is incredible to see. The area is now rich in wildlife and the new manmade sand martin colony building in neighbouring Whitburn Point Local Nature Reserve at the southern end of the loop is a particular success story. In the summer months there’s a wonderful abundance of wildflowers here too: look out for various species of wild orchid growing in the meadows. If you’re after a longer run, the coast path is a great run in either direction.

Cliffs bathed in golden early morning sunlight with Souter Lighthouse in the distance


Map of Souter Ranger Run route


Souter Lighthouse car park NZ 407640


Leave the car park and pass the lighthouse on a track towards the sea. Trend slightly left to join the coast path at Lizard Point.

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Looking back from the coastal path towards the foghorn house and tower of Souter Lighthouse


Turn right onto the coast path and follow it south along the edge of Whitburn Coastal Park to a path junction at its southern end. Fork right here and run past the southern car park.

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A bird's eye view of visitors in Whitburn Coastal Park on cliff paths next to blue sea on a sunny day


Follow the track around the southern end of the coastal park and up the western edge back to the start. We highly recommend turning around and also running this route in reverse; you’ll be surprised how much more you see running in the opposite direction.

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A blue flag with the National Trust oakleaf logo with the red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse in the background


Souter Lighthouse car park NZ 407640

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Souter Lighthouse Ranger Run


Ascent: 71m

Relatively flat terrain. Hard surfaced paths. May be some puddles following wet weather. 

Souter Lighthouse Ranger Run

Contact us

Contact us via email or by phone on 0191 529 3161. 

Souter Lighthouse Ranger Run

How to get here

Souter Lighthouse National Trust car park, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH
By road

Find us off the A183 coast road.

Souter Lighthouse Ranger Run

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at lighthouse
  • Cafe at lighthouse
  • Shop at lighthouse