Meandering through the area's towns and villages is the 26 mile South Tyneside Heritage Trail. The Trail is a pathway from the past and travels through a variety of landscapes from rugged coastline and farmland to reclaimed industrial sites and bustling streets. The Trail details thousands of years of history, but also touches on a wide range of topics including geology, wildlife, farming, the river and sea, religion, legend, literature, architecture, sport, leisure, commerce and industry. Colourful interpretation panels along the route help to reveal our rich heritage. You can walk the Trail in its entirety or break it up into more manageable chunks to suit your fitness/ability. Much of the route follows established trails such as the Coastal Path, Linnet Way and River Don and there are a number of loops and possible connecting paths. Locations visited on the trail include South Shields, the coastal path (Trow Point, Frenchman's Bay, Marsden Sands, Marsden Cliff Nature Reserve, Smuggler's Cave, Lizard Point, Souter Point), Whitburn, Cleadon, Boldon, Hedworth, Primrose, Monkton, Hebburn, Jarrow, Tyne Dock and High Shields.