The Souter Saunter

Walking trail

Take the Souter Saunter and discover much more than a lighthouse standing alone on the coast.

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland


Map route for the Souter Saunter


Foghorn Field, grid ref: NZ407641


Start your journey from the Foghorn House. Make your way through the gate and continue to the coastal footpath.


Turn left and follow the coastal path along to the fence.

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Follow the fence line until you reach the public footpath.

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Turn left again and follow the public footpath past the lighthouse and through to the entrance to the car park - about 550yd (500m).

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Turn right this time follow the road down to the car park. It's signposted Whitburn Coastal Park so it's difficult to get lost.

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Take the path around the Nature Reserve and stop off at the viewing screens for a spot of bird watching.

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Pick up the coastal path again at the bird hide, take a left and start to make your way back towards the lighthouse.

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Seabird at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas


Continue along the coastal path.

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You're nearly there - continue along the coastal path to the fence line.

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Take a left back towards the Foghorn House. We hope you've enjoyed your walk and discovered some interesting things on the way.

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Foghorn Field, grid ref: NZ407641

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The Souter Saunter


Maintained paths, fairly flat, no steep inclines.

Dogs are welcome under close control.

The Souter Saunter

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The Souter Saunter

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

Services from Sunderland to South Shields (passes Sunderland train station and South Shields). One bus passes lighthouse, others pass close by.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 1, adjacent to property.

The Souter Saunter

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome under close control