One of the highlights of my day right now are going for daily walks. With the current restrictions, we are able to leave our house and drive somewhere ‘local’ for exercise. Sunderland has so many beautiful places to explore and this lockdown is giving us the perfect opportunity to do so.
Living in such a beautiful city with so many places to go walking right on our doorstep, is something this year has made me incredibly grateful for, and I’d love to share some of that with you. So here are my favourite 5 places to go walking in Sunderland.
1. Seaburn and Roker beaches
Sunderland is incredibly fortunate to have such a beautiful coastline. And thanks to one of the longest promenades in Europe, you can walk all the way from the Wearmouth Bridge to South Shields if you wanted. The coastal path is a nice easy walk, with plentiful parking along the way and so many places to stop and have coffee, sit down and take in the view!
Within this location, there are so many options in terms of route and duration which make it a good option for so many different people and moods. I i think this is what I think makes it my number 1!
2. Seaham and Ryhope Beaches
On the south side of the river, there are more places to walk along out coastline. Living in Ryhope, walking along the clifftops here became a part of our daily routine during the first lockdown. However, if you get the right tide, you can walk on the beach all the way from Ryhope to Seaham.
The first time we visited on new years day (it was almost as if we knew what this year had in store!), I wrote a post all about it which you can read here!
3. Noses Point, Seaham
If you kept driving through Seaham, you will arrive at Nose’s Point. There is a great deal of history and heritage in this area which you can read about on the various signs dotted around (I won’t spoil it for you). There is a car park there which is free making it super convenient, and you could always stop off in Seaham for a coffee on your way.
From here, you can also carry on south down the coast and find the Durham Heritage Coastal Path. This is an 11 mile walk from Seaham, to Crimdon. I have never gone that far, however, when we walked part of it in the summer, it was a lovely walk! If you get a clear day, you can see right out to sea and down the coast to Whitby!
If you want to know more about these two places, i wrote a blog post all about it;
Guide to Durham Heritage Coast
4. Herrington Country Park and Penshaw Monument
Penshaw monument is one of the biggest symbols of Sunderland. When I was younger, every summer we used to cycle from home all the way to the top and have a picnic. We occasionally walked it in my adult life, but normally we just drive to the car park and have a walk around. However, the park is beautiful, especially this time of year, and walking round it takes a long time! It can be quite hilly though, which is why it is only number 4.
5. Barnes Park
Barnes Park is a small park, and is mainly visited for its HUGE play park (honestly I was so jealous of all the kids playing on it) and the big field for kicking a football around. However, if you wanted a shorter walk, this is definitely a good option. Plus the scenery this time of year is sooo pretty!
The good thing about this spot is not only is there free parking, although the car park is small, and a nightmare. But the toilets were open when we went earlier this week! It was the first time I had visited for a very long time, but it won’t be the last.
Well that’s my top 5 favourites! Let me know if there’s anywhere I’ve missed, or anywhere you’d take off this list.
Stay Safe and Happy Adventuring!