Beside the Seaside

Slow Ways Routes – Sunwhi one, Souwhi one – Sunderland to South Shields

Distance 18km / 11 mi

Back to the start of the trail for a reasonably late start as today I had friends walking with me again. Joing me at Sunderland was Gillian from church.

Today’s route was familiar to me as I had walked it before in the opposite direction from South Shields. Having company added something special to the journey. WE had perfect weather too for a coastal walk. Clear skies and warm sunshine. The first section takes us down beside the river.

Looking back

We came to the mouth of the river at Roker and turned north along the coast.

We arrived at Whitburn which was the end of this route and half way stage of today’s walk. We were joined here by Mary from Oasis Community Housing together with her husband and their dog.

This was my penultimate day and it was good to be sharing the experience with fellow walkers as well as the great support I had received online throughout my journey.

Mary and family left us at Marsden and on I walked with Gillian. The end was in sight though it was still a way to go before we reached South Shields.

We got there in the end and I was very conscious that my challenge was almost over with just the final day to go tomorrow.