- From - to: Souter Lighthouse to St Mary's Lighthouse
- Distance: 11 miles
- Type: Mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet roads
- Access: Sunderland and Newcastle train stations
- Surface: Tarmac
- National Cycle Network: Route 1 and Route 72
This coastal route links the two lighthouses of Souter and St Mary's and features a ferry crossing at the River Tyne Estuary on the Shields Ferry. The route is great for families and novices because it is fairly easy with no strenuous climbs and is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet roads. Do check the way the wind is blowing before settling out because cycling into a headwind is incredibly hard work!
It begins at Souter Lighthouse, located on Lizard Point, between South Shields and Sunderland. The Lighthouse opened in 1871 and is the world's first electric lighthouse. Now managed by the National Trust, the lighthouse offers fantastic views over Marsden Bay.
On the way you will pass the 'Old Bouys' artwork which celebrates the confluence of three National Cycle Network routes - 1, 10 and 72. The route also provides you with great views of Tynemouth Priory.
St Mary's Lighthouse is situated on St Mary's Island, a small island just north of Whitley Bay which is linked to the mainland by a concrete causeway - easily accessible when the tide is out. The lighthouse is no longer operational but now features a small museum, a café and a visitor's centre.
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This coastal route links the two lighthouses of Souter and St Mary's and features a ferry crossing at the River Tyne Estuary on the Shields Ferry.