3.3 of 5 (9 votes)

From Cullercoats to Whitley Bay...

A leisurely walk (coast) starting and finishing in Tyne and Wear, England, about 6.60km (4.10 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 34m (111ft)
Descent 31m (101ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 65m (212ft)
Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, England
Distance 6.60km
Duration ~1:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 25 Dec 2011
From Cullercoats to Whitley Bay is more than just a line from a Dire Straits song; it's also a great little seaside walk. What Mark Knopfler forgot to say was that it's even better if you continue on to St Mary's Island to the north. Maybe that didn't fit the chord pattern. It's not wild or remote out here, just a breath of fresh sea air a short hop from Newcastle.

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OS Grid NZ360713
Take the metro (or bus) to Cullercoats.
OS Grid NZ364711
Follow Station Road from the tram stop to Cullercoats Bay and Smuggler's Cave.
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid NZ363714
A clifftop path follows the road, or you can walk along the beach and clamber over the rocks as you go.
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid NZ359722
A short distance away is Whitley Bay, a long sandy beach with cafes on the promenade if it's nippy (which is usually is).
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid NZ348746
Walk the length of Whitley Sands, either along the top or on the beach. Beyond the northern end it gets a little quieter.
About 2.66 km (~1.65 miles) from
OS Grid NZ350752
When the tide is out, you can reach the island and explore the lighthouse: www.friendsofstmarysisland.co.uk/index.html
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid NZ344756
From St Mary's Island, you can turn back and return to Whitley Bay, or follow the footpath north towards Seaton Sluice. And why not?
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
OS Grid NZ339760
Finish in Seaton Sluice, from where regular buses run back to Whitley Bay. The Delavel Arms in Hartley is a good pub stop if you have worked up a thirst.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from

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28 Dec 2015
Extended Walk

A good way to extend this walk would be to start with rojob's 'Historic Tynemouth' walk and then head north along Cullercoats beach and join this walk at Smugglers Cave.

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