Leave Monkseaton Metro Station: from Platform 1, through the covered ramp onto a busy road (Marine Avenue); from Platform 2 , turn left and walk to Marine Avenue. Cross the road with care to Hartley Avenue. (At busy times, you can use the pedestrian crossing further along on the left).Walk to the end of Hartley Avenue and follow the path round the back of the changing rooms of the Churchill Playing Fields. Then bear right along the metalled cycle track. Keep on the track which goes through a subway and runs between houses before emerging into an open area near a golf course. After a few hundred yards, at a crossing of paths (before the path reaches the farm buildings ahead on the right) look out for a stile on your right (A).
Go over the stile. There is a Whitley Bay Golf Club notice almost immediately on your right. Walk to the end of the path and cross the stile on your left. Bear right and follow the field boundary with the hedge on your right to a public footpath sign at the field corner. Cross the stile and go straight ahead along the field boundary, with the fence on your left. At the end of the field, cross the stile. Turn left and proceed along the path, which runs between the golf links and farm fields. At a crossing of paths, turn right between the walls of a former railway bridge. Soon you emerge at a corner of a busy road. Walk ahead on the pavement towards the sea. At a convenient point, cross the road and walk to the junction of the main road and the road leading to St Mary’s Island (B).
To go to the island, follow the road to the causeway. Check the tide tables there to see if it safe to cross. If it is, go across the causeway to the island. The comforting blink of the lighthouse’s warning beacon served as a navigational aid from 1898 to 1984. If you’re in the right season (and the right state of fitness!) you can climb to the top, from where you can enjoy magnificent views. After your trip, retrace your steps across the causeway and back to point (B).
Proceed along the pavement towards Whitley Bay, where a white, domed building, all that remains of the former fairground, called the Spanish City, is the most prominent landmark. The open area on your left is called “The Links” and is used as a miniature golf course in the summer months. As you approach The Briardene pub, on the other side of the road, just before the 30 mile sign turn left onto a metalled path which descends to the lower promenade. Continue in the same direction. You pass The Rendevous Café and then a fountain erected in May 1937 on the occasion of the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Shortly, you pass the changing rooms of the Panama Swimming Club (whose members brave the cold North Sea for their annual New Year’s Day swim!). Carry on to a junction of paths with steps ahead on the right. (To avoid the steps you can turn right and make your way along paths to the War Memorial). Go up the steps and proceed to the War Memorial, commemorating the fallen from both World Wars (C).
Walk ahead and up the slope to join the pavement and pass some sculptured metal seats and a Waterside Trail information panel. Proceed ahead with the sea on your left. Continue until the road divides at the Rex Hotel (D). (At this point you can carry on to Tynemouth by following the directions from (B) in Walk 4).
To complete Walk 3, take the right-hand fork past the hotel on your left and proceed ahead. You are now on South Parade (confirmed by a sign a little further on). Carry on, past the trendy pubs, until you reach a busy crossroads in the town centre. Turn left, as indicated by the sign for the Metro Station, and walk along Victoria Terrace to Whitley Bay Metro Station and the end of the walk.