Frenchman’s Bay

Walk in South Shields

South Shields Coastline
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Frenchman’s Bay is a small bay between South Shields and Marsden Grotto, Tyne and Wear. It was once popular with smugglers and was named after a French ship that ran aground here in the 17th century.

Alongside the coast id the Leas, a large area of land owned and maintained by the National Trust, popular with dog walkers, joggers, kite flyers, horse riders and cyclists. It is the finishing line for the Great North Run, a half marathon that takes place every year in or around October. The Leas stretches for around 2 miles and goes as far as Souter Lighthouse.

The Frenchman’s Bay appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting South Shields!

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Visiting Frenchman’s Bay


24 Hours



Address: South Shields NE34 7TJ, UK
Duration: 20 minutes

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