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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.


Albany Park

Visit one of Washington's parks with extensive grassed areas and woodland plantations.

Backhouse Park

This park is a natural arboretum with a large variety of trees and some of the city's largest mature trees, producing a wonderful display of autumn colour.

Barnes Park

A great day out for all the family with wonderful walks, play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts and a cafe.

Down at the Farm

Down at the Farm is a small family run farm in Sunderland where you can take a tractor ride, meet the animals and get the chance to be a mini zoo keeper for the day!

Herrington Country Park

One of the largest parks in Sunderland with walks and cycle trails, family cycling with Sustrans, an adventure play area, skate boarding, Nordic walking, model boat sailing in the lake and a variety of sculptures that celebrate the heritage of the area.

Hetton Lyons Country Park

Discover the picturesque views of this park on a former colliery site just on the outskirts of Hetton centre.

Mowbray Park

At the heart of the city sits Mowbray Park, one of the oldest parks in the North East of England and often described as 'the jewel in the crown of the city centre'.

Penshaw circular walk

This is a 4 mile (6.5km) walk starting from the foot of Penshaw Monument.

Roker Park

A beautiful park with direct access from the beach, with lots to see and do for all the whole family - children's railway, play areas, basketball, tennis courts, model boating lake and much more!

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.

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