Great Outdoors

Cycling in Herrington Country Park

Sunderland's award-winning outdoor spaces offer lots to see and do for the whole family. Its stunning coastal scenery provides a wonderful seaside playground for adults and children alike. With acres of green space and award-winning parks and nature reserves - it's out and about in the great outdoors where Sunderland really comes into its own.

Albany Park
Visit one of Washington's parks with extensive grassed areas and woodland plantations. Situated next to the 'F' Pit Museum in Albany.
Backhouse Park
This park is a natural arboretum with a large variety of trees and some of the city's largest mature trees, producing a wonderful display of autumn colour. Renowned for its magnificient bulb display in early spring the park is overlooked by University of Sunderland's Name Art College.
Barnes Park
A great day out for all the family with wonderful walks, play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts and a cafe. The largest of the city's urban parks stretching just under 2 miles in length features a Victorian style bandstand and a cannon situated near to the West End bowling greens which was...
Cannonball Rocks
Roker is also home to unique geological structures, with rugged cliffs and unique ‘cannonball’ limestone rock formations which can only be found in certain parts of the world. These intriguing geological features are ideal for coasteering explorers. Spherical rocks that resemble cannon balls have...
Circular walk from Washington Wetland Centre
This is a 3 mile (5km) walk starting from Washington Wetland Centre The route offers great views of the River Wear, Penshaw Monument and the surrounding countryside as well as covering a number of interesting historical features and locations, including: Low Barmston Farm This was built in 1840 as...
Circular walk in Roker and Seaburn
This is a 2 mile (4km) walk starting from Roker promenade. The skirts Sunderland’s coastline and passes through the attractive Roker Park as well as covering a number of interesting historical features and locations, including: Red Naval Mine This type of mine was used during the Second World War...
Take a tractor ride around this fun farm to meet the cows and you will hear the bleating of sheep, barking prairie dogs and hoots of snowy owls.  Children can pet and stroke the animals in the farmyard and there is even a chance to be a mini zoo keeper. Seasonal activities include helping to feed...
Herrington Country Park
One of the largest parks in Sunderland with walks and cycle trails, family cycling with Sustrans, an adventure play area, skate boarding, Nordic walking, model boat sailing in the lake and a variety of sculptures that celebrate the heritage of the area. It's home to many exciting events like the...

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Roker beach is home to the unique 'cannonball' rock formations that were the inspiration for the seafront 'pods'.

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