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Great Outdoors

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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.


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...

Cannonball Rocks

Roker is also home to unique geological structures, with rugged cliffs and unique 'cannonball' limestone rock formations which can only be found in certain parts of the world.

Roker and Seaburn Beaches

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


Cycle the scenery, cycle the city, cycle Sunderland. We've certainly caught the cycling bug here, and our well maintained cycle paths make it easy for you to get on your bike and enjoy the great outdoors. Sunderland is also home to the BIG Bike Ride which sees hundreds of cyclists from all over the North East cycle the length and breadth of Sunderland.


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.

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