England Coast Path - Sunderland City Centre to Ryhope

This walk is part of the trek England Coast Path - North East Section Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland.

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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A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 02/12/21 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 14/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.56 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 37 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 27 m
Highest point Highest point : 43 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 6 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.904446° / W 1.379865°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.869152° / W 1.360852°
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(D) From Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, walk down Borough Road until you reach the roundabout.
Turn right on West Lawrence Street and continue walking until you reach the next roundabout.

(1) Turn right again onto Hendon Road. You are now back on the England Coast Path. Continue walking down Hendon Road, crossing another roundabout into Commercial Road. Continue down this road crossing a large roundabout by the Raich Carter Sports Centre.

(2) At the traffic lights turn left down Promenade and continue down under the railway bridge to the seafront. You can take either the promenade through the car park, but you will need to climb to the top of the cliffs via one of the paths further along, the last of which has a viewing platform overlooking Hendon beach and is demarcated with white stones. Alternatively you can take one of the paths along the top of the cliffs.

(3) After the Ocean Road car park, the footpath becomes a track along the top of the cliffs rather than a well-defined footpath, this will eventually become the first stretch of the Durham Heritage Coast Footpath.

(4) Continue walking along the cliffs until the footpath takes a sharp right at Halliwell Banks.

(5) When you reach the railway lines, turn left and then walk underneath the railway line and road through the tunnel. At the other side of the tunnel turn left and walk up the bank, at the top turn right and walk along to Ryhope Green to catch a bus back to the city centre - cross the Green to The Village as more buses run to the city centre. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 33 m - Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
1 : km 0.62 - alt. 21 m - Junction of Lawrence Street and Hendon Road
2 : km 1.91 - alt. 23 m - Traffic Lights at Junction with Promenade
3 : km 3.1 - alt. 14 m - Access Road to Promenade
4 : km 4.83 - alt. 20 m - Footbridge
5 : km 5.1 - alt. 28 m - Tunnel Under Railway
A : km 5.56 - alt. 43 m - Bus Stop on Ryhope Green

Useful Information

  • You will need to park in one of the City Centre car parks, the closest is the Nile Street, this is at the opposite end of Borough Road, close to the first roundabout. There is no dedicated parking in Ryhope.
  • There are no public toilets or cafes on this route so remember to take water with you. The only option is the Albion on Ryhope Green at the end of the walk.
  • Some of the path is on grass

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

  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (start point)
  • Mowbray Park
  • City Centre Shops

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