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Two visitors walk towards Souter Lighthouse, silhouetted against the sky at dusk
Souter makes the ideal starting point for a walk | © National Trust Images / John Millar
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Souter Lighthouse trail

This trail is an easy stroll for all the family on well-established footpaths following the coastal path. Start and finish your walk at Souter Lighthouse, in Sunderland, spotting wildlife along the way.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Souter Lighthouse, grid ref: NZ407641

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

A redwing bird sits on snowy branches
A redwing (Turdus iliacus) in the snow | © National Trust Images/Richard Bradshaw

Step 3

Go down to the wherry. Here you can take a look at the sea views, search rock pools for coastal creatures if the tide is out and maybe skim a few stones.

Step 4

Here you will find a bird hide overlooking Whitburn Nature Reserve. If you stop a while, there will likely be several species visiting the feeders. Just after the car park, follow the tarmacked track to head back towards the lighthouse.

Step 5

Cut right off the track at this point to find another bird hide. From here, it is only a few minutes' walk back to the lighthouse and the café.

Tree sparrow
Tree sparrow | © National Trust Images/Dougie Holden

End point

Souter Lighthouse, grid ref: NZ407641

Trail map

Souter Lighthouse autumn trail map
Souter Lighthouse autumn trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear

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Discover more than just a lighthouse on this circular walking trail. Starting and ending at Foghorn Field, you'll take in views over Lizard Point, stop to watch the birds at Whitburn Nature Reserve and discover lots of history on the way.

DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)

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Coast Road, Whitburn, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH

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