This route offers panoramic views of the coastline, taking in the many beautiful bays and coves that have been carved out of the cliff face by stormy seas over the years. Starting at South Shields pier on Sandhaven beach, this walk follows the coast south, passing The Leas, Marsden Rocks and Souter Lighthouse; there is plenty to see on this 8 mile walk! The Leas is 300 acres of grassy open space which backs onto the coastline and from here you will follow the continuous cliff top route all the way to Seaburn in Sunderland. Marsden Bay is home to one of England's most important seabird colonies with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants. For an unusual lunch or refreshment stop take the lift or the cliff stairs to the Marsden Grotto pub, with its fantastic scenery and colourful history, it's the perfect location to while away an afternoon or summer evening. Continuing down the coast, you will then come across Souter Lighthouse located on cliff tops just south of the River Tyne. Opened in 1871 the lighthouse is famous as being the worlds first electric powered lighthouse and has a museum open to the public. NOTE: There is a firing range at Souter Point. Red flags will warn you when it is being used and so then follow the diversions indicated.