England Coast Path - Roker to Sunderland City Centre

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.

Technical sheet
No. 17582416
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 30/11/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 06/12/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 46m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 24m
Highest point Highest point : 34m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.91903° / W 1.363353°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.9044° / W 1.380122°
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Description

(D) From the southern end of Roker Harbour View Car Park follow the ECP brown signs to the marina. Alternatively from the car park walk up Pier View and turn left onto Harbour View, this will take you along the main road where you can look down on the Sunderland Marina. Walk around the Yacht Club to the Marina.

(1) Hugging the river bank, this is all paved until you reach a small car park.

(2). From here take the steps up toward the main road. Those unable to use the steps should follow Beacon Drive and Sand Point Road to the top of the steps. Go through the bollards next to the petrol station following the path behind the petrol station and the houses. You will then pass the National Glass Centre and the University of Sunderland St Peter's Campus. Continue to the large yellow sign, from here turn right and walk up Palmer's Hill Road and Bonners' Field until you reach the Wearmouth Bridge.
Turn left and cross the bridge. Take the first left at the end of the bridge down Bridge Crescent.

(4) At Panns Bank junction double back on yourself down to the river bank. When you reach the river bank, turn right and hug the river bank. Looking down the river here you will see the cranes used in shipbuilding, the University buildings and Glass Centre are visible on the opposite bank.
When you can go no further along the river bank turn right and then left onto Low Street. The Fish Quay should be on your left. Continue along Low Street until you reach a small grassed area on your right.

(5) Follow one of the footpaths up to High Street East then turn right into Hartley Street or walk a little further along High Street East for a closer look at the cranes, then turn right into Silver Street. At the end of either Hartley Street or Silver Street you will see the Town Moor.
Skirt the Town Moor along Quadrant street.

(6) At the end of the Quadrant cross the road and follow Cousin Street (you have now left the England Coast Path and are heading into town.
At the end of Cousin Street cross the road into Borough Road. Continue to follow Borough Road crossing the roundabout. At the end of Borough Road is the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. From here turn right into Fawcett Street to catch the E1 bus back to Roker Hotel where you can access the garden. Alternatively, continue down Fawcett Stree to Wearmouth Bridge and walk along Dame Dorothy Street and Harbour View back to the car park. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 6m - Roker Harbour View Car Park
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 1m - Roker Marina
2 : km 1.15 - alt. 13m - Small Car Park
3 : km 2.27 - alt. 6m - Yellow Sign
4 : km 2.76 - alt. 30m - Wearmouth Bridge
5 : km 3.72 - alt. 7m - Grassed Area Near Fish Quay
6 : km 4.51 - alt. 17m - Junction of The Quadrant and Adelaide Street
A : km 5.33 - alt. 34m - Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Useful Information

  • Park at Roker Harbour View Car Park. This is linked to Fawcett Street near Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden. The stop for the E1 bus is outside the Natwest Bank.
  • There are no public toilets on this route.
  • There are very few cafes and restaurants on the route, Sambucca's is next to the Fish Quay. If you wish to break the journey, use the subway at the end of the Wearmouth Bridge to cross the road via the Subway to Bridge Street. Walk up Bridge Street and turn left into High Street West where you will find a number of restaurants. Then retrace your steps to go back down Panns Bank.
  • Accessibility: There are some steep inclines for wheelchairs and pushchairs, however these can be mitigated by starting the walk by taking the footpath along Harbour View to Dame Dorothy Street on the north side of the river from Roker and on the South Side, taking the second left after Wearmouth Bridge onto West Wear Street then High Street East.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Roker Beach. Pier and Harbour
  • National Glass Centre (North Bank of the Wear)
  • St Peter's Anglo Saxon Church (North Bank of the Wear)
  • Wearmouth Bridge
  • Fish Quay (South Bank of the Wear)
  • Buildings of the Old Town
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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