South ShieldsWhitburn (Tyne & Wear)

Souwhi one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting South Shields and Whitburn (Tyne & Wear).

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South Shields
Grid Ref NZ3630867237
Lat / Lon 54.99840° / -1.43399°
Easting / Northing 436,308E / 567,237N
What3Words reap.palms.fired
Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)
Grid Ref NZ4078661858
Lat / Lon 54.94973° / -1.36474°
Easting / Northing 440,787E / 561,859N
What3Words throw.when.branch

Souwhi One's land is

Arable 23.7%
Coast 1.9%
Natural grass 12.3%
Pasture 21.9%
Urban 40.1%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Philip Le Marquand

24 Feb 2023 Winter

I don't have a whole lot to add but endorse the comments of the previous reviewers. I walked this from South Shields to Whitburn as part of a longer journey from Jarrow to Sunderland. It was a cold sunnny day lovely walking weather. I made a slight detour in South Shields to get some fish and chips from my favourite shop. The path is well signed and on this day the path was fairly dry with some avoidable muddy patches.


16 Jan 2023 Winter

I loved this route! There's lots to see on this coastal walk from Whitburn to South Shields including a labyrinth, lighthouse, birds and beaches. I walked this route in winter, it was very muddy in parts and quite desolate. It gets busy as you approach South Shields at Trow Point. There are loos and cafes at the end. I would defo recommend.

Jane Johnson

18 Apr 2022 Spring

Apart from a short section at the start this is a lovely coastal route. At the start there is a local museum for those interested and some interesting architecture as you walk to the seafront where there is a nice below-ground Victorian public toilet if like me you like a bit of nostalgia (and another one above ground, no stairs, also victorian farther along the route). The route to the seafront could have gone through South Sheilds park instead of a road. The walk starts amongst the sand dunes if you prefer, or you can walk off road but on a pedestrianised path. There were coastal birds on the clifftop pathway which is mostly level and gravel but with some undulations. This is obviously a walk for people who like sea views as it hugs the seafront high up, passing small coves below which are accessible. It passes 2 lighthouses.

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