Seaburn to Marsden Grotto – Nov 2022


Date: Sunday 13 November 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (distance)

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Seaburn to Marsden Grotto

Seaburn to Marsden Grotto 6

This linear return walk takes in a beautiful section of the coastline from Seaburn to Marsden Grotto.  It starts on the beach at Seaburn (tide permitting) and then follows the Whitburn Coastal Path along the cliffs past Souter Lighthouse to Marsden Grotto.

We will take a short break at the cave bar in Marsden Grotto before returning along the same route back to Seaburn.

There is an opportunity to complete half of this walk.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Easy
Map: General - 316-NewcastleUponTyne-Small
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Souter Lighthouse

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Souter lighthouse was built in 1871 and was the first lighthouse purpose built to use electricity to power its lamp.

Just to the South of Souter Lighthouse is an area that is now Whitburn Coastal Park, which is a nature reserve and car park.  This was the site of Whitburn Colliery.  Very little evidence that there was a colliery here remains.  The wall by the road is original, as it was once part of Whitburn Colliery Station.

There was also a village situated just North of Souter. Again there is almost no evidence that this ever existed.  Large parts of this area have disappeared into the sea.

Marsden Grotto

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This grotto has been occupied for well over 100 years.  Much legend surrounds it but it is now a bar and restaurant.  It’s a very nice place to sit on a sunny day.

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This shows the start location for this walk.

This walk will start in Seaburn Park, next to the Marriott Hotel.
Nearest postcode: SR6 8EE
OS Grid Reference: NZ 40484 59864
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Parking: There is a great deal of on-street parking in the surrounding area. Sea Lane, adjacent to the park, can accommodate a number of cars.
Toilets: The nearest public toilets are on the lower promenade at Cliffe Park.