Connect Sunderland with Slow Ways

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Sunderland

Tyne & Wear


Slow Ways linking Sunderland and East Boldon, Houghton-le-Spring, Seaham, Washington, Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)

England / Tyne & Wear / Sunderland

Sunderland’s five Slow Ways are 55% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 0/5

Help connect Sunderland

Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Sunderland from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
East Boldon—Sunderland
Eassun one Review me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 131m Descent 124m
Houghton-le-Spring—Sunderland
Housun one Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 144m Descent 177m
Sunderland—Seaham
Sunsea one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 141m Descent 129m
Sunderland—Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)
Sunwhi one Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 120m Descent 111m
Washington—Sunderland
Wassun one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 338m Descent 308m

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Collective progress

55% of Sunderland’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

5/5

drawn

5/5

reviewed

0/5

surveyed

1/5

verified

5 people have contributed to Sunderland’s Slow Ways

7 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Sunderland

52km out of 52km have been walked and reviewed

76km of reviews have been shared in Sunderland

Latest Updates

On the whole a good, easy route for walkers, but not suitable for wheels, but where it gets tricky the mainly off-road coast-to-coast cycle route can be used instead and this is good for wheels....

Russkin

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After the A19 you are on a shared cycle path riht into the City Centre....

Philip Le Marquand

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I hadn't walked this before and enjoyed the views and the artwork and attractions of Sunderland. This included the departure of a rather large ship....

Philip Le Marquand

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A good alternative to the given route at 388589 is to continue northward along the road and branch off at 387592 to follow the right of way until you reach the track at 382601 and then turn West to rejoin the original route at 377599– or make use of some of the many paths within Fulwell Quarry....

Chris May

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Turn left beyond it along field edge to meet path along A19 boundary fence. Cross to far side of B1286 and follow pavement on north side of road to bear left onto tarmac path near traffic light crossing Photo 10. A possible alternative route early on but not investigated would be to continue eastward at Field House Farm (351501) to 368506 and turn north to join original route at 365525...

Chris May

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Washington—Sunderland

Laura Ellison-Davidson pledged to walk Wassun one

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It's direct and pleasant, and passes by some interesting sights including lighthouses, sculptures and the National Glass Centre....

Saira

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It's direct, easy to follow and defo the best and most scenic way to get to Seaham from Sunderland. I walked it in winter and the path gets very muddy in some places. I'd recommend stopping at Ryhope beach, it feels like a hidden gem (Check tide times) !...

Saira

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Further along is a sculpture of a life size disused house made from stone, the National Glass Centre (which gas a glass roof you can walk on if you decide), directly opposite Sunderland port where you can see large ships being unloaded. At present, you can walk up a VERY steep flight of steps hugging the side of the bridge at Sunderland should you choose, or take a steep curving path around a warehouse now converted to flats....

Jane Johnson

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Sunderland

snailspace surveyed Sunderland

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East Boldon—Sunderland

Slow Ways added Eassun one, a new walk from East Boldon to Sunderland

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Houghton-le-Spring—Sunderland

Slow Ways added Housun one, a new walk from Houghton-le-Spring to Sunderland

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Sunderland—Seaham

Slow Ways added Sunsea one, a new walk from Sunderland to Seaham

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Sunderland—Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)

Slow Ways added Sunwhi one, a new walk from Sunderland to Whitburn (Tyne & Wear)

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Washington—Sunderland

Slow Ways added Wassun one, a new walk from Washington to Sunderland

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Sunderland, Sun 14 April

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Sunderland’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

NZ3974356908

Lat / Lon

54.90533° / -1.38173°

Easting / Northing

439,743E / 556,908N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Sunderland and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Sunderland's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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