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Multi coloured motif on signed posts with nameSouth Tyneside Heritage Trail

42 km / 26 miles

Tyne and Wear
The South Tyneside Heritage Trail provides a 26-mile circular route from South Shields, initially south along the coast to Whitburn then inland partly following the River Don west to reach the Tyne at Hebburn, returning via Jarrow. The Trail is fairly flat and much of it paved, passing through most of the Borough’s towns and villages, but there is some interesting heritage and history explained on 32 panels en route.

The 12-mile waymarked Bede’s Way commemorates the Venerable Bede, early medieval Europe’s greatest scholar who lived here around 700AD, first following the Don out of Jarrow to Boldon, finishing along the coast south of Whitburn to link the twin Anglo Saxon monasteries of St Paul’s in Jarrow and St Peter’s at Wearmouth.


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Waymark: Multi coloured motif on signed posts with name
Multi coloured motif on signed posts with name
Easy; Coastal; River; Urban; Heritage
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NZ366681 - Conversation Piece', South Shields, Tyne and Wear
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

South Tyneside Heritage Trail (South Shields TIC - 2006)
Bede’s Way (South Shields TIC - 2006)


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Route Profile:

41.3 Km (25.7 miles)
415 m (1,362 ft) ascent
76 m (249 ft)  maximum height