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Sunwhi one
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Grid Ref NZ3974356908
Lat / Lon 54.90533° / -1.38173°
Easting / Northing 439,743E / 556,908N
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Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)
Grid Ref NZ4078661858
Lat / Lon 54.94973° / -1.36474°
Easting / Northing 440,787E / 561,859N
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Sunwhi One's land is

Coast 13.1%
Pasture 1.7%
Urban 82.4%
Water 2.8%

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 Whitburn to Sunderland. I hadn't walked this before and enjoyed the views and the artwork and attractions of Sunderland. This included the departure of a rather large ship.


16 Jan 2023 Winter

I don't have much to add to Jane's review (see below)! I walked this route from Sunderland to Whitburn. It's direct and pleasant, and passes by some interesting sights including lighthouses, sculptures and the National Glass Centre. I walked in winter (goes without saying it gets very cold and windy by the sea! wrap up warm) Loos and cafes available along the way. I would defo recommend this route.

Jane Johnson

18 Apr 2022 Spring

I walked this from Whitburn to Sunderland (after having walked from South Sheilds to Whitburn). A coastal route, pedestrianised that passes a lighthouse you can walk to as a diversion, accessible beaches and a marina. As you approach the marina there are a series of great metal sculptures, a seabird in various stages of taking flight. Look for the hidden notepaper sculptures fixed to the wall as you wall around the marina. Immediately after the marina and the coastguard shed there are some wonderful sculptures, a door ‘to nowhere’ and tree trunk guards made from oar-shaped metal. Further along is a sculpture of a life size disused house made from stone, the National Glass Centre (which gas a glass roof you can walk on if you decide), directly opposite Sunderland port where you can see large ships being unloaded. Behind the Glass Centre is the very old St Peter’s Church as a nice diversion. There is a huge sculpture of books outside the University. There is a whole series of large sculptures of giant nuts and bolts. This route is part of Sunderland’s Sculpture Trail. At present, you can walk up a VERY steep flight of steps hugging the side of the bridge at Sunderland should you choose, or take a steep curving path around a warehouse now converted to flats. This is the only steep part of the route. There is an alternative, much less steep, way to get to the bridge but this involves being inland slightly away from the river front, walking either through the freely open university car parks or higher up still, along the very busy main road.

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