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Great Outdoors

Sunderland's award winning outdoor spaces and things to do offer something for everyone. 

From beautiful Blue Flag beaches and coastlines, acres of greenspace, award-winning parks and nature reserves, you can plan a great day out in Sunderland, whatever the weather.

Discover some of Sunderland's best walking routes at the coast and countryside, and get back to nature to see beautiful local scenery, plants and wildlife up close. Keen cyclists will love the Sculpture Trail which is part of the famous Coast to Coast route, and features sculptures that capture both the region's past and present. 

Meanwhile, Mowbray Park is Sunderland's crown jewel - why not visit to find out why it won 'Best Park' at the 2014 Northumbria in Bloom awards? You can also plan a day outdoors at Herrington Country Park with its exciting walking and cycling trails, or unwind at the blissful and picturesque Hetton Lyon's Country Park, which is just half an hour drive from the city. 

The kids will be entertained for hours at Down at the Farm, where you can pet alpacas, feed goats and meet a whole host of farm animals and non-native species for a day of fun and learning. 

Discover Sunderland's best scenic walks, parks and outdoor activities today.


Roker and Seaburn Beaches

Sunderland's Blue Flag award winning beaches are ideal for traditional family seaside fun

Sculpture Trail - Great Outdoors

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 present.

Sunderland Yacht Club

Sunderland Yacht Club is situated on the Old North Pier at Sunderland with panoramic views to sea. The Club offers organised Cruising, Cruiser Racing Dinghy Racing and as a RYA organised training establishment, offer Sail and Powerboat training and VHF Radio courses.

Thompson Park

Thompson Park is one of Sunderland's most well known parks and green spaces within the region with excellent sports facilities and play areas.


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.

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Washington Wetland Centre is a nature conservation area located in the wetlands and woodlands on the River Wear. It is home to exotic birds, amazing insects, beautiful scenery and much more. Discover more about Washington Wetlands below...

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