(First leg of English coastal walk – Broadstairs in
Map: L/R 88
Distance: about 9 miles
Difficulty: Quite easy
Terrain: footpaths and pavement
Access: Parking at both ends
Public transport: Regular Metro connections from both ends
Start on the north side of the River Wear near the bridge and walk past the university buildings towards the estuary. At the mouth of the river is Roker Lighthouse which was built in 1903. The pier going out to it is very popular with local anglers who seem to brave all conditions. On occasions, coastguards have had to use the emergency tunnel which runs under the length of the pier.
Photos show: Marsden Rock, the'weebles' at South Shields and Frenchman's Bay.