A Northern Saints Trail so epic it combines three others in its course – by stunning coastline and crags, by imposing castles and by standout churches from Lindisfarne to Durham Cathedral.
Coasting along an exquisite but little-known stretch of the North East’s shoreline, The Way of the Sea reveals the area’s eventful relationship with the ocean throughout time.
It was the sea that sculpted the necessary environment to entice this region’s nationally important seabird populations.
It was the sea that allowed prolific fishing and coal-mining to first flourish here, and later be preserved in a number of riveting insights for visitors today to discover. It was the sea that necessitated the raising of castles at Tynemouth, lighthouses like St Mary’s and astounding Art Deco leisure complex Spanish City at Whitley Bay.
The scope of this trail will leave the wayfarer with a satisfyingly complete experience of the North East. On a path that alternates in appearance as often as the area’s notorious tides, you begin hiking through empty dunes and end on the edge of one of England’s biggest metropolitan areas. Along the way you encounter signs of just about every purpose people in this country ever derived from the sea: insights into the region’s unique maritime heritage at Newbiggin-on-Sea and a museum dedicated to the volunteer life-saving groups that helped the coastguard along this tempestuous coast at Seaton Sluice.
The Northern Saints Passport allows visitors to collect stamps at attractions and places to eat and drink along the six Northern Saints routes. Look out for venues that showcase the passport icon on the Northern Saints Trails website. View the current participating venues, with new locations added regularly.
The Northern Saints Trails Visitor Guide is a 55-page full colour guide that includes route descriptions and maps of the six Northern Saints Trails.
Details of how to purchase the Northern Saints Passport and the Northern Saints Trails Visitor Guide can be found on the website - http://northernsaints.com/
For full route descriptions download the documents below.
- Way of the Sea