We had a wander along some part of The Leas (Whitburn Coastal Park). It's very natural with its coastal formations including Marsden Rock and Trow Rocks where we saw a variety of sea-birds who have settled on the coastline. Part of the Coastal way is used for the Great North Run which is considered a high honour in the area.
In August 2012, my parents, my niece and I visited this wonderful lighthouse in Whitburn and situated on the coastline between the Tyne and Wear rivers. It was designed by James Douglas and built in 1871 and ceased to operate in 1988. It was the world's first lighthouse to be powered by electricity and was considered a revolutionary design.
We enjoyed climbing up the lighthouse where we enjoyed the views from the top and learning about the history of this iconic building.
Whitburn has some nice old cottages and a lovely church in the village that runs back from the coastal road.
On the coast road there's a pub or two, some little shops and a nice tea room on the corner.
The beach here is not so accessible, being a bit of a clamber over rocks to get to it.
Fondest memory: More information about this part of the North East coast on my Sunderland page.