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Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris
North East

The Souter saunter

On this two mile walking trail, you'll discover much more than a lighthouse standing alone on the coast. Follow coastal footpaths to discover a lost village, a nature reserve on the site of a former colliery, interesting rock formations and a beautiful bay.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Foghorn Field, grid ref: NZ407641

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Follow the fence line until you reach the public footpath.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Kittiwake nest at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas
Kittiwake nest | © Dougie Holden/National Trust

Step 8

Continue along the coastal path.

Step 9

Continue along the coastal path to the fence line and take a left back towards the Foghorn House.

End point

Foghorn Field, grid ref: NZ407641

Trail map

Map showing route and steps of the Souter saunter walk
The Souter saunter | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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