Cycle the scenery, cycle the city, cycle Sunderland. We've certainly caught the cycling bug here, and our well maintained cycle paths make it easy for you to get on your bike and enjoy the great outdoors. Sunderland is also home to the BIG Bike Ride which sees hundreds of cyclists from all over the North East cycle the length and breadth of Sunderland.
Sunderland is well served with well maintained cycle paths, which take you from the outer reaches of Sunderland into the heart of the city and along it's magnificent coastline. Taking you through woodland, riverside and coast to a vibrant city centre and joining up so many of Sunderland's attractions. Cycling Sunderland is one of the best and easiest ways to get around.
Roker beach is home to the end of the Coast to Coast or Sea to Sea (C2C) route, that begins in Whitehaven in Cumbria and ends at Roker. However don't forget that you have not officially ended your ride until you dip your front wheel in the North Sea at the 'C' sculpture at Roker beach.
Find out more about the C2C route.
Sunderland is also a destination on other long distance routes including the Walney to Wear (W2W) route and the Two Rivers Cycleway between Sunderland to South Shields which passes Souter Lighthouse.
Ride the cycle paths along the River Wear for 15 miles from Roker beach to Beamish and see many of Sunderland's attractions and landmarks, including St. Peter's Church, National Glass Centre, Stadium of Light and Washington Wetland Centre.
Our many parks and greenspaces have wide traffic-free cycle paths, including Hetton Lyons Country Park and Herrington Country Park, where you can take a leisurely ride past the boating lake and hop off your bike to feed the swans or take the family for a safe and accessible cycle ride around Barnes Park and enjoy the play areas or take a pit stop at the cafe.
A number of cycle hubs have popped up in Sunderland allowing people to hire bikes at reasonable rates and provide support and advice. One of the cycle hubs is based at Roker just a stone's throw from the end of the C2C. The Roker Cycle Hub is open most weekends and most days during summer.
Did you know?
L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.