Walking

Dog walking in nature reserve

A leisurely stroll, a brisk walk, a ramble or a group hike, there are lots of ways to go walking in Sunderland, with a compact and accessible city centre, acres of parks and green spaces and a beautiful coastline all within easy reach.

All you need is some comfortable shoes, and the rest is up to you. Go alone and enjoy some peace and tranquility, take the dog or the kids for a scramble along the beach or get a group together for some fresh air and fun.

As well as walking where you want, when you want, we've got plenty of programmes to get involved in too.

Follow our Sculpture Trail along the river to the beach.

For information on our walking programmes, wellness walks and Nordic walking click here.

See our top 5 walks here

Sunderland City Council's Wellness Service are looking for people who are interested in becoming Volunteer Walk Leaders, to deliver and expand the current Wellness Summer Walking Programme and the number of weekly walks offered as part of the programme. If you're interested, click here.

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...
The Sculpture Trail, running along the final part of the C 2 C or Coast to Coast was created over a decade from 1991 to 2001 by sculptor Colin Wilbourn and writer Chaz Brenchley. Colin and Chaz worked with residents of Sunderland to create the trail which brings together Sunderland’s past and...

Did you know?

Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.

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