The 4 ‘W’s

The 4 ‘W’s

Local walk The four Ws
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The Windmill, the Watertower, the Wherry and the Waterfountain.

An easy five and a half mile walk with good footpaths and only one short climb.

Starting at the War Memorial in Cleadon village, walk up to the lights and across Sunderland Road turning left in front of the garage and then right down North Street to join Sunniside Lane. Turn left and walk up the lane until you reach a stile and a footpath sign on the right. Make the short but steep climb up on to Cleadon Hills where you may linger on a seat to the right which gives fine views towards Penshaw Monument.

From the seat go diagonally left of the Windmill to kissing gate in the wall corner, pass the Linnet Way sculpture and continue with the wall on your right passing the Watertower to a green gate near some bushes. Cross over the golf course guided by the yellow markers to a stile in a wall. Turn immediately right and follow the path which eventually descends through bushes to Lizard Lane. Cross the road and walk down the side of the caravan park to reach the Coast Road.

Cross the road and grass to turn right along the coastal path keeping to the left of Souter Lighthouse. The path clings to the cliff tops for some two and a half miles passing the cove with its information board and finally ends at a car park and a road which you cross to enter Cornthwaite Park.

Go to the left hand side of the park to enter Church Lane, pass the Red Cottage and at the top turn left to pass the Waterfountain acknowledging 60 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. A few yards further on turn right up Sandy Chare and then left along Cleadon Lane for a pleasant road side walk of just over a mile back to the village centre.

(Terry Miller)

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