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.

Hetton Lyons Country Park
Discover the picturesque views of this park on a former colliery site just on the outskirts of Hetton centre. The park featuring a sporting lake, fishing lakes, football pitches, orienteering course, play park and is also part of the national cycling network. There are dedicated cycle tracks and...
Surf, row, kayak, sail and more at this £1million watersports centre on Roker Beach. Feel the exhilaration of catching your first wave, enjoy the thrills and spills of a new sport, feel the wind in your hair and the spray on your face and most importantly, have fun. With family or friends, as a one...
Mowbray Park
At the heart of the city sits Mowbray Park, one of the oldest parks in the North East of England and often described as 'the jewel in the crown of the city centre'.
National Glass Centre
You’ll never look at, or through, glass in the same way again. Discover how glass arrived in Britain, how it’s made and how it’s become something we all take for granted at the National Glass Centre. Learn how Benedict Biscop first brought glass making to Sunderland, and Britain, in the 7th Century...
Penshaw circular walk
This is a 4 mile (6.5km) walk starting from the foot of Penshaw Monument. The route offers great views of Penshaw Monument and the surrounding countryside as well as covering a number of interesting historical features and locations, including: Penshaw Monument Penshaw Monument was built in honour...
Herrington Country Park
Head up Penshaw Hill to see the monument built in 1844 and modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Hephaestus. From the top of the hill you can see for miles. During the summer months the National Trust open up a secret staircase in one of the pillars and you can climb right to the top! Be sure to...
Family fun at Roker and Seaburn beaches
Sunderland’s Blue Flag award winning beaches are ideal for traditional family seaside fun Sunderland’s twin beaches at Roker and Seaburn are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids run off some excess energy or to sit and relax with a picnic; there’s miles...
Family of cyclists at 'C'
Roker Cycle Hub allows cyclists of all ages and abilities to have the chance to pedal their way to fun and fitness by loaning out a wide range of cycles at affordable prices. The range of bikes available for hire from the Roker Cycle Hub includes: Standard bikes Children’s bikes Tandems Trailers...

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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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