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St Marys Island and coast path, Tyne and Wear


An easy, occasionally bracing, walk to a lighthouse reached over a tidal causeway. It's a popular tourist attraction, as are the seals who live here.


Two car parks, both P&D. South car park has access to the sandy beach and the England Coast Path. North car park has the WCs and the decommissioned lighthouse/visitor centre on St Mary's Island. Both car parks are on the same road and aren't that far apart. There's a walkway with seating for long views of the sea. Entry charge to lightouse.  Note - we've had reports that the WCs are not usable this year (2024). Updates appreciated if you are able to let everyone know.


Follow the well-worn trail out to the lighthouse.  You'll need to be aware of the tide movement so you don't get marooned on the lighthouse.  Dogs need to be on leads because this is a nature reserve and the seal pups are very vulnerable.

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Edited: 7th June 2024. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.