Friends of RGS enjoy their first walk for two years

A group of walkers sat in front of a wall with the sea in the background

An entirely convivial day was had as 28 Friends of the RGS, travelling from as far north as Beadnell and as far west as Bardon Mill, became reunited for the first time in two years to walk the six and a half miles from Souter Lighthouse via Marsden, Cleadon Hill & Whitburn.

Crossing the A183, the group ascended a bridle way towards Cleadon Park on the hill with quarries and a nature park, as well as views of Penshaw Monument. From there, they headed to Cleadon Water Tower and beyond to the Cleadon windmill on a small plateau offering 360 panoramas of the coast and Penshaw.

The group descended via a section of Bede's Way to Whitburn Village Green and pond which also houses 18th and 19th century structures. Returning via the coastal path northwards back to Souter Lighthouse, the walkers enjoyed much welcomed refreshments.

Thanks go to David Arnold who led the walk, provided the evocative description and maps and to all who enjoyed the day creating a delightful bonhomie. 

Friends of RGS will look to meet again in late March or early April at a Northumberland location. Anyone who would like to join them or would like to buy a walk book, please contact

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