Riverwalks near Sunderland
Lying along the banks of the River Wear, in Tyne and Wear, Sunderland is a beautiful place if you love walking. There are many opportunities for a riverside stroll to learn all about the history of the city and admire its charm from a different angle. Whether you’re visiting for the day from neighbouring Newcastle or Gateshead, or travelling from Middlesbrough or York, we’ve selected some of the best riverside walks for your stay.
Wearmouth Bridge to the Northern Spire
This 6-mile walk follows the water all the way through with a few diversions around the Southwick area. You can pick any starting point along the river from St Peter’s and head to the north side of the walkway. Here you’ll bump into unique artworks that tell the history of Sunderland’s shipbuilding and pit past. You’ll also spot the city’s Town Hall and the National Glass Centre.
South Hylton River Walk
This there-and-back 2-mile walk offers scenic views of Sunderland and the surrounding countryside and is suitable for everyone, even for your four-legged friends. From South Hylton metro station, head down Railway Terrace, all the way up until Hylton Bank. Some key points of interest you’ll find on the way are WWI Memorial, Methodist Chapels, Golden Lion – a Grade II-listed building dating back to 1910 – and St Mary’s Church, an example of Victorian Gothic Revival style.
James Steel Park
Located less than a mile north of the Penshaw Monument on the Weardale Way trail, this 2-mile riverside walk will take you through James Steel Park, which features a fishing lake, biking paths, walking trails and a rich wildlife. From the picnic area near Fatfield Bridge, you can then head towards Cox Green, where you’ll find yourself immersed in beautiful contrasting countryside.
Cox Green to Victoria Viaduct Loop
This walking trail is suitable for all experience levels and offers beautiful views of the River Wear and Sunderland. Start at Cox Green and cross over the bridge, keeping the river to your left. If you continue walking along this path, you’ll find the Victoria Viaduct, built as a part of the Durham Railway in the 19th century. Today, it is listed as Grade II-building and represent a great piece of the regions’ history.
Considered one of the most atmospheric walking trails in the region, Weardale Way is around 40 miles long and stretches from Cowshill to Sunderland Bridge. Because of its considerable length, it can be split into different stages. You can start on the coast at Roker, follow the river past Sunderland docks and through the city. You’ll go past Wearmouth Bridge, the Stadium of Light, the Penshaw Monument and Chester-lee-Street, before heading into the glorious countryside and Durham.
Sunderland’s desirable location makes it a destination of choice for many. With the glorious coast just a stone’s throw and the spectacular North Pennines a little further afield, homes here offer a great balance between the calm of the countryside and the bustle of the city. Don’t miss our Cherry Tree Park development for a modern collection of 3 and 4 bedroom housing.