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Lambton Estate Circular Walk
distance 6.18mi Vertical gain +341ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bournmoor - Tyne and Wear

An easy circular walk around the historic Lambton Estate.

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Bede's Way Walk
distance 12.49mi Vertical gain +315ft Vertical drop -302ft Durée 6 days Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage.

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distance 1.38mi Vertical gain +62ft Vertical drop -62ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

A short circular walk around Houghton-Le-Spring Town Centre passing some of the oldest buildings along the way. This walk has some gentle slopes but is on paved surfaces throughout.

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distance 4.6mi Vertical gain +82ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Little Lumley - Tyne and Wear

Starting at the magnificent Lumley Castle, this walk winds its way through woodlands along the Lumley Park Burn before heading through Fenchouses and along bridlepaths through open fields before reaching Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

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distance 5.06mi Vertical gain +525ft Vertical drop -279ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lamesley - Tyne and Wear

This section of the walk follows the old railway route and forms the second part of the Bowes Railway Path, starting at Birtley near the Bowes Incline (named after the system of pulleys used to pull coal trucks uphill) and continuing through open farmland to the Tanfield Railway and Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single span railway bridge. This walk celebrates the history of the Pontop and Jarrow Railway.

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distance 4.6mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -295ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Start this walk by exploring more of Washington Old Hall and the new town of Washington with its mining heritage at the 'F' Pit Museum and Bowes Railway before crossing fields to Birtley along the Bowes Railway Path.

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distance 5.46mi Vertical gain +95ft Vertical drop -39ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This slightly longer section has it all, stretches through countryside, housing developments, industrial areas, a museum, nature reserve and historic house. This section winds its way through Washington New Town, and although you will pass many industrial areas and new houses, you will also see evidence of the collection of villages which existed long before the new town.

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distance 4.73mi Vertical gain +266ft Vertical drop -144ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This stretch of the walk does not pass through any forests, however it takes in a beautiful stretch of the North East coast, an historic lighthouse, old lime kilns, nature reserve, water tower and windmill, overlapping with Bede's Way and the England Coast Path.

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distance 3.27mi Vertical gain +82ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This walk covers urban areas at the beginning and end, and in the middle a pleasant walk alongside the River Don. However fields will be in view throughout the walk. As such, some of the walk is along busy roads and includes a level crossing.

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distance 5.41mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the walk begins at Hylton Castle (English Heritage) before passing through Hylton Dene, then passes through urban areas before crossing farmland and onto the pretty village of Whitburn and the coast line of Whitburn and Seaburn.

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distance 3.67mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the walk follows the banks of the Wear then climbs up into the suburbs of Sunderland finishing at Hylton Castle. The Shipwrights is the only reminder here of shipbuilding in Hylton and Ferryboat Lane, the only reminder that there was once a ferry here.

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distance 2.91mi Vertical gain +164ft Vertical drop -358ft Durée 1h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This rural section of the walk takes in three of the North East's best known locations, Penshaw Monument, the River Wear and Washington Wetlands.

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distance 5.08mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -518ft Durée 2h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Warden Law - Tyne and Wear

This largely rural section covers a lot of farm land with a number of hills enabling views of the surrounding area and finishes in Herrington Country Park, created when the spoil heap from the pit was cleared.

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distance 3.63mi Vertical gain +190ft Vertical drop -20ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

This section starts in a busy country park then follows old routes across the countryside giving views of the surrounding area. Marvel at the windfarm along the way.

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distance 4.25mi Vertical gain +285ft Vertical drop -230ft Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Rainton - Tyne and Wear

The inital climb from Low Pittington to Moorsley can be tough, particularly after the rain, however the views back across to the Raintons and Houghton-Le-Spring are tremendous. The second half of the walk follows footpaths and cycle paths through Moorsley and Hetton to finish at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Walking Great North Forest Path ( Download : )
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distance 68.39mi Vertical gain +2969ft Vertical drop -2959ft Durée 7 days Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

The route circles the North East of England covering parts of County Durham and the former Tyne and Wear showcasing some of the best countryside the area has to offer from woodlands to the coast, passing through towns and former mining villages villages, the variety of landscapes passed on the way is constantly changing.

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distance 3.53mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

This section walk starts at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and climbs up to the village of East Rainton before crossing fields to pick up the Pittington Way Railway Path to Low Pittington. As this route involves a climb you will have views back down towards Rainton Meadows.

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Historic Buildings of Sunderland's East End
distance 2.43mi Vertical gain +102ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

The East End of Sunderland has undergone a lot of redevelopment, however there are a large number of historic buildings, many of them listed. This walk starts and ends at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the town centre and first drops down to follow the south bank of the River Wear before circling Old Sunderland.

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distance 34.73mi Vertical gain +1398ft Vertical drop -1325ft Durée 3 days Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Follow the "The Christian crossroads of the British Isles" from Seaton Sluice to Chester-le-Street and explore the heritage along the way. This route can be divided into sections in regard to your physical abilities.

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distance 3.33mi Vertical gain +49ft Vertical drop -56ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This urban section of the Angel's Way is broken up with a walk around Gosforth Golf Course and optionally the Gosforth Nature Reserve, finishing at the Brandling Villa.

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distance 5.05mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This journey through Gateshead begins at the Baltic Centre for Contempoary Art on the Quayside and ends at the spectacular Angel of the North passing under the iconic Tyne Bridge, passing through the town centre, Victorian park and residential areas.

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distance 3.37mi Vertical gain +43ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the Angel's Way explores Newcastle City Centre and Quayside. It starts in the suburb of Jesmond, takes in Exhibition Park, shopping areas, the magnificent Grainger Town and three key churches of St Thomas, St Mary and St Nicholas, Newcastle Castle and Keep before dropping down an ancient street, Side, to the Quayside finishing at the Millennium Bridge.

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distance 5.31mi Vertical gain +436ft Vertical drop -259ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lamesley - Tyne and Wear

This rural stretch of the Angel's Way begins at the Angel of the North and after passing under the A1 follows a paths across farmland and through woodland passing a number of villages on the way to Beamish. On there way, there are views of the area where once coalmines could be seen including those of Kibblesworth and Bewicke Main.

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distance 3.01mi Vertical gain +46ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This walk mixes the urban landscapes of Newcastle with the beautiful Jesmond Dene. Visit a ruined chapel, holy well and city centre museum to finish the walk.

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distance 4.02mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -69ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This is a section of the Angel's Way. It starts in Backworth and follows a rural route passing the ruins of Burradon Tower. After that, it passes through Burradon, Camperdown and Killingworth finishing at the picturesque Killingworth Lake.

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distance 4.87mi Vertical gain +161ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the English Coast Path starts by crossing the Northern Spire Bridge and then follows the northern bank of the River Wear passing the Queen Alexandra Bridge, Stadium of Light and Wearmouth Bridge where it rejoins the original Weardale Way path around the marina to the end of the walk at Roker. This walk passes remnants of the ship building industry along the Wear and new developments such as the Northern Spire Bridge and Sunderland university Campus.

Walking Coalfield Way ( Download : )
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distance 9.76mi Vertical gain +377ft Vertical drop -384ft Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

The Coalfield Way is no longer a designated Long Distance Footpath, but still affords some spectacular views across former mining villages. The circular route passes through 2 country parks, Rainton Meadows and Hetton Lyons which are worth spending some time in. The route includes a climb from Rainton Meadows to Moorsley after which the route becomes more level. To enjoy the country parks, this could be enjoyed as a full day excursion.

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distance 3.82mi Vertical gain +131ft Vertical drop -220ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This urban section of the English Coast Path passes through Pallion and Deptford, the center of shipbuilding on the Wear. There is plenty of evidence left of this industry, The route slightly deviates from the original Weardale Way route to follow the new A1231 route passing the recently reinstated Doxford Shipyard Gate.

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distance 5.25mi Vertical gain +36ft Vertical drop -131ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Little Lumley - Tyne and Wear

This short section of the Weardale Way winds through Biddick Woods and along both banks of the River Wear giving views of the Victoria Viaduct. It is gently downhill or level for most of the route and paved for most of the way making it a good walk after rain. There are a number of pubs along the river to while away a wet afternoon or enjoy a summer drink at the end of the walk.

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distance 2.3mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -33ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

A walk through the conservation area of Ashbrooke in Sunderland including many fine buildings, Mowbray Park, Backhouse Park and finishing at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

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distance 1.52mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This the 6th section begins at Seaburn Park before passing through Roker before finishing at St Peter's Church.

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Whitburn to Seaburn Park - Bede' Way Walk
distance 1.35mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This the 5th section begins at Whitburn with a stroll through the village and into Cornthwaite Park before following the seafront to Seaburn Park

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distance 2.71mi Vertical gain +151ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This the 4th section begins in South Shields and finishes at Whitburn Hall passing Cleadon Hills and Windmill.

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distance 2.46mi Vertical gain +36ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This 3rd section begins on New Road in Boldon and continues past Tilesheds Local Nature Reserve to King George Road in South Shields.

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distance 2.64mi Vertical gain +43ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way links the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This 2nd section begins at Leam Lane and ends at Boldon following the River Don Path.

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distance 1.8mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This the 1rst section begins at St Paul's and follows the River Don.

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distance 3.46mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 1h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This England Coast Path section starts in Sunderland City Centre and picks up the route in Hendon following a mostly urban route for the first half of the walk which then turns down to the cliff tops for the remainder of the walk to Ryhope. On this route you will see many new developments, including the A1018 which the route follows

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England Coast Path - Souter Lighthouse to Roker
distance 4.89mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section begins at Souter Lighthouse and follows the England Coast Path through Whitburn and Seaburn to Roker. The England Coast Path itself runs along the cliff tops and is a narrow footpath from Souter Lighthouse to South Bents where it joins the main public footpath. From there, the promenade can be followed to Roker. The end of this section overlaps with the Weardale Way allowing walkers who have arrived from Weardale to continue their walk.

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distance 4.09mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section starts along the cliff tops at Ryhope and then drops down to Ryhope Dene eventually arriving at Seaham Hall Beach. The section then continues along Seaham Promenade to the National Trust managed land at Noses Point. This walk gives a good contrast between the rugged cliff tops and traditional seaside town.

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England Coast Path - Roker to Sunderland City Centre
distance 3.31mi Vertical gain +151ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This riverside section of the England Coast Path follows the mouth of the Wear from Roker to Hendon finishing at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the city centre. The Wear was famous for its shipbuilding, all now long gone, but its religious past and glass making industry are still present. Alongside new developments the changing face of Sunderland is very evident in this walk.

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England Coast Path - South Shields to Souter Lightouse
distance 3.13mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section starts in the busy seaside town of South Shields and winds along the cliff tops to Souter Lighthouse (National Trust). The section starts on the South Shields promenade and then follows a gravel footpath suitable for cycles, wheelchairs and pushchairs. This then turns to a narrower footpath at Marsden roundabout, however there is an alternative pavement along the road for those who need a flatter surface.The route then passes Marsden Grotto and final arrives at Souter Lighthouse.

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distance 4.37mi Vertical gain +69ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the England Coast path takes in some amazing views of the Tyne from both the south and north banks. It begins at the historic Tynemouth Priory, follows the quays along North Shields, taking the ferry across to South Shields affording some great views back across the Tyne to Tynemouth Priory at the end of the walk.

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distance 2.78mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This short, flat walk is easy to do with children. It can be broken up with activities, but be aware there are no railings on the north side of the pier.

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