Take a bracing walk along the rugged coastline between South Shields and Sunderland. This hike consists of cliffs of magnesian limestone, looking on to bird-covered sea stacks. The rocky stretch was once branded the most dangerous section of Britain’s coastline, with 20 shipwrecks in one year alone (1860).
Eventually you will reach the magnificent red-and-white-striped Souter Lighthouse. Built in 1871, it was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and powered by electricity.
By retracing your steps to return to your starting point, you can double the walk’s length. And, at low tide, you can choose to walk along the beach for some sections, but make sure that you check the schedule in advance.