Walks in Sunderland

Alexander Iles

A cultivated array of walks and cultural spaces to visit, with nods to local history, sporting events, landmarks and heritage.

Our top picks

Mowbray Park

Mowbray Park, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 1PP - Visit now

In the heart of Sunderland is Mowbray Park – one of the oldest parks in the North East of England. This beautiful park is wonderfully Victorian, being carefully designed to allow for a pleasant walk and fresh air in the centre of the city, while showing you plans from across the world.

Mowbray Park
Mowbery Park

Barnes Park

Barnes Park, Barnes Park Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 7QA - Visit now

Considered one of the most popular parks in Sunderland and one of the best walks to experience in the city, Barnes Park is just under two miles long providing a lot of space for people to enjoy.

Barnes Park

Roker Park

Roker Park, Park Parade, Roker, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 9PF - Visit now

Roker Park started as Sunderland Association Football Club’s stadium from the club’s founding in 1898 to 1997 when it was demolished and the club moved to the Stadium of Light. The park today has pleasant walks beside creatively planted flower beds awash with colour.

Roker Beach

Roker Beach, Roker Pier, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 9NB - Visit now

Rocker Beach is a part of Sunderland’s beautiful coastline which provides one of the best locations to relax and play next to the city.

Roker Beach

The Secret Garden – Doxford Park

The Secret Garden – Doxford Park, Secret Garden, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 2SS - Visit now

Doxford Park has a long history with human habitation back to the stone age, though the name of Silkworth comes from a Scandinavian Chief Silki who settled the land and created a community there a ‘worth’.

Doxford Park

Thompson Park, Sunderland

Thompson Park, Sunderland, Newcastle Road, Southwick, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 1PL - Visit now

Thompson Park in Sunderland provides a local area for sport in the city. If you are looking for outdoor exercise from tennis to bowling, then Thompson Park can provide it.

Thompson Park

Where to go in North East

Thompson Park
Sunderland
Park
Thompson Park, Sunderland

Thompson Park in Sunderland provides a local area for sport in the city. If you are looking for outdoor exercise from tennis to bowling, then Thompson Park can provide it.

Doxford Park
Sunderland
Park
The Secret Garden – Doxford Park

Doxford Park has a long history with human habitation back to the stone age, though the name of Silkworth comes from a Scandinavian Chief Silki who settled the land and created a community there a ‘worth’.

Sunderland
Park
Roker Park

Roker Park started as Sunderland Association Football Club’s stadium from the club’s founding in 1898 to 1997 when it was demolished and the club moved to the Stadium of Light. The park today has pleasant walks beside creatively planted flower beds awash with colour.

Barnes Park
Sunderland
Park
Barnes Park

Considered one of the most popular parks in Sunderland and one of the best walks to experience in the city, Barnes Park is just under two miles long providing a lot of space for people to enjoy.

Mowbray Park
Sunderland
Park
Mowbray Park

In the heart of Sunderland is Mowbray Park – one of the oldest parks in the North East of England. This beautiful park is wonderfully Victorian, being carefully designed to allow for a pleasant walk and fresh air in the centre of the city, while showing you plans from across the world.

Auckland Park
Durham
Park
Auckland Park

Next to Bishop Auckland is the refurbished Auckland project which is now internationally famous for Kynren and the Spanish Gallery, but also has a grand and pleasant park attached to the Castle.

Old Durham Gardens
Durham
Park
Old Durham Gardens

With more than three hundred and fifty years of history Old Durham Gardens, less than a mile from the historic city centre of Durham, is a popular location for pleasant walks and relaxation.

Low Burnhall
Durham
Park
Low Burnhall

A two miles from Durham city and off the historic Great North Road is Low Burnhall – sixty eight hectares of stunning natural beauty; a wonderful natural woodland that ranges from newly planted trees through to ancient British woodlands.

Frankland Park
Durham
Park
Frankland Park

Frankland Park is a linear walk though some of the most beautiful ancient woodland in County Durham. Found to the East of Durham on the banks of the River Wear, this walk takes you from the medieval religious house of Kepier Hospital through to the industrial viaduct that brought the trains to Durham.

Aykley Wood
Durham
Park
Aykley Wood

Found to the North of Durham, Aykley Wood is a nature reserve. Situated next to local housing estates the woods have protected an area of ancient British woodlands in county Durham and ensured that these can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Wharton Park
Durham
Park
Wharton Park

Just behind Durham’s Train station is Wharton Park. The park was created after William Lloyd Wharton inherited the land and decided that Durham needed a public park alongside the railway station.

Heaton Park Newcastle
Newcastle
Park
Heaton Park Newcastle

Found in the east end of Newcastle, Heaton Park offers fantastic opportunities to explore with woods, beautifully maintained flowerbeds, and wooded areas all in the same park. It is fantastically connected to both Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene, for those looking to extend their walk around the other parks locally.

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