Seaburn to East Boldon (6 miles)

Seaburn to East Boldon walk map

Leave Seaburn Metro station, turn left and walk ahead, passing the Fire Station on your right. At the traffic lights go straight over and turn left. Proceed ahead to a roundabout. Carry on past the roundabout and, just before Fulwell Methodist Church, take the service road on the right and go through the South West Lodge gate into the cemetery (Mere Knolls). Turn left and walk along the path with the boundary wall on your left. Turn right at West Lodge and keep on the broad path as it gently ascends. On the left you pass a memorial to the Sunderland civilians who lost their lives through enemy action in the Second World War. Continue past the cemetery chapels, now gently descending. At the bottom, where the broad path turns right, bear left and walk the short distance to a footbridge. Cross the bridge and turn right. Proceed ahead via a metal barrier and carry on to meet a road. Continue for a few yards then cross the road and go through the blue railings onto a metalled pathway. Walk ahead, passing an interesting children’s play area on your right. Bear slightly left to avoid the car park and carry straight on. At the end of the path, turn right. Follow the path as it bears left and runs along the edge of the grassland on the left. The path emerges onto a road in a housing estate. Turn right and proceed along Cleveland View. Where the road bears left, go straight ahead on the footpath to arrive at the sea front (A).

Turn left and walk ahead. Just before the South Tyneside sign turn left and go along the public footpath to Whitburn. Exit from the path onto a narrow road and continue in the same direction. On your left you pass Red Cottage (1843), by John and Benjamin Green, celebrated 19th-century a rchitects whose work includes the Theatre Royal, Newcastle and Penshaw Monument. A few yards further on is Whitburn Parish Church (a medieval church restored in the 1860s). The road joins a busy road with attractive greens on both sides (B).

Turn right and walk along the main road (Front Street) to come to The Village Café, which has a tea room. At the junction turn left and go along East Street and then left again along North Guards. Pass Whitburn Methodist Church on your right and in a short distance turn right and walk along Wellands Lane. After about half a mile, turn left onto the public footpath. (A notice makes it clear that this path is for walkers, not cyclists) (C).

The path is mainly well - defined and waymarked. Walk ahead, soon passing between farm buildings. Carry on to the corner of a hedgerow and turn right to go over a stile, with a waymark indicating that you are on a South Tyneside circular walk. Carry on and cross another stile. Follow the path as it gradually ascends and eventually bears left and you go over another stile. Further on the lower section of Cleadon Windmill and the tall Cleadon Water Tower (1862) come into view; they are prominent landmarks for miles around. The tower was built, as part of the former pumping station, in the Italianate style by Sir Thomas Hawksley, the noted water engineer. Keep aiming for the windmill. There are splendid panoramic views to enjoy from here. Looking south, Penshaw Monument is a notable feature. When you reach the windmill you can read an outline of its history on the plaques displayed inside. Now walk towards the tower, with a stone wall on your right. Go through the kissing gate and turn immediately left. Walk down to a lane and continue the short distance to a junction (D).

Turn left and walk down the road (Sunniside Lane) past fields and then housing. The first property on the right, now Oakleigh Gardens School, was Cleadon Cottage Homes (1909-1968), providing vocational training for orphan boys and girls. Keep walking left at junctions. You come to a T-junction (E).

All Saints Church (1869) with its white bellcote is on the left. Cross the road and bear right, past the Cleadon Pond, where an information board gives some interesting details. Cross Sunderland Road and continue along Front Street with the Beefeater pub on your right and the Cleadon War Memorial on your left. After the shops you pass the red brick Cleadon House (1738) on your left. A little further on, on the right, you see Cleadon Primary School and then a bus stop. A few yards further on, turn left at the corner of a hedge and walk towards the house. You come to a public footpath sign tucked away to the left of the house. Go onto the public footpath. Follow the path which runs between garden fences. At a junction, bear right. Continue until you join East Boldon Road at a junction with a main road. Walk ahead along the main road for a few hundred yards to East Boldon Metro station and the end of the walk.

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