Whitburn Arch

Standing Stone South Shields Tyne And Wear

Whitburn Arch

Standing Stone In South Shields, Tyne And Wear

A small rock arch off the coast in South Shields near Souter Lighthouse.

If you're off for a bimble down to Souter Lighthouse or a leisurely lumber on The Leas, then cast your eye down near the cliffs to get a sight of the Whitburn Arch.

Also known as the Elephant Arch, it is just off the coast in front of Souter Lighthouse, but it's a difficult one to get a good look at.


From the cliff near the lighthouse you are side on to the arch so you need to have a bit of a wander up and down the coast to get a better view.

We found that heading south gave the best views from the clifftop, but if you're feeling a little adventurous you can head down onto the rocks further down to get a peek of it around the headland.

We've read you can get closer to it, but only at very low tide and there is only a short window, so best not to risk it and just enjoy the photos here.

Fortunately our new Fabulous North friend Lewis Taylor (Insta - SkyeView Drones) carefully flew his drone and got us these lovely photos. (Including the big header picture).

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Where Is Whitburn Arch

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54.971203, -1.36079
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54.969397, -1.364595

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There is parking available at Souter Lighthouse, or plenty of car parks along the sea front.

Simon Hawkins

Place contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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