The Leas

See & doThe Leas

Follow the beach path from Sandhaven up to the start of the coastal path and be prepared for what has to be arguably some of the most spectacular coastal views in the North East. This is a place to get away from it all.

The beautiful and tranquil Leas is a two mile coastal route and a perfect place to walk along 250 million year old towering cliffs. There is plenty of green space for cycling, walking, running, kite flying and dog walking.

The Leas is a series of stunning coastal paths which twist and turn giving you access to bays, caves, coves and bird watching all the way to Marsden Bay, Souter Lighthouse and beyond. The start of the coastal paths is marked with a World War II gun at Trow rocks, which is still in position ready to defend the coast and protect ships from enemies.

These paths lead to Souter Lighthouse which was opened in 1871 and remains to this day an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white Souter Lighthouse was the first electric lighthouse in the world and visitors can explore the engine room and machinery but don't forget to climb those tower steps. You'll be in for a breathtaking treat at the end!

The Leas is famous for being the finish line for the Great North Run.

The rich magnesian limestone in the cliffs along the coastline here has even been named by the Geological Society of London as number 34 in the top 100 geological sites in the UK and Ireland.


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