Whitburn Whisker’s local walk has been featured as one of Britain’s top walking routes. The walk from Souter Lighthouse along the clifftops towards South Shields was featured on the Guardian’s ‘Great British Walks’ series earlier this month. Covering six miles of beautiful coastline – the walk is a lovely way to pass an afternoon – and we’re very proud of it too!
Whitburn Whiskers is based just down the road from the walk’s starting point – at The National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse. Our lighthouse was the first ever to be built with electricity and although it’s no longer working (can a lighthouse retire?) – you can still go up the 76 steps to the top for lovely views. Use the zoom function on the camera and you can almost see our house! There’s a small café and outside playing area for the kids with nearby access down to the pebbly beach.
Leaving Souter Lighthouse and heading towards Shields, you’ll come to one of our favourite places – The Marsden Grotto (and the famous Marsden Rock). In fact, this was where we had our wedding reception last year – and on Bonfire night! It’s the only restaurant in Europe built into a real smuggler’s cave and has a lovely ye olde beachy feeling to it. With plenty of good pub meals and the chance for a few drinks before the rest of the walk, it’s really quite special.
Walking along the Leas towards South Shields there are plenty of different routes you can take to visit the award winning beaches of South Tyneside. Find the cannons set into the cliff tops, try and wobble the Weebles and finish at the Groyne set upon South Shields pier. With such brilliant coastal footpaths and national trust land for dogs to explore, it’s no wonder we at Whitburn Whiskers love the outdoors too!