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.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)Exit Pallion metro station and turn down Woodbine Terrace, at the bottom follow the path to the left around the new A1231 extension road. Cross the Northern Spire Bridge keeping to the left-hand side of the bridge.
(1) At the end of the bridge, turn left onto the footpath and follow this down towards the River Wear crossing Timber Beach Road.
(2) There are two paths here, the upper path goes to a viewpoint if you wish to stop there, the lower cycle path goes underneath the Northern Spire Bridge and heads in a south-easterly direction towards the river. Follow the cycle path along the banks of the Wear river.
(3) The cycle path bends sharply to the left and emerges on West Quary Road / Alexandra Avenue, turn left, cross the road and pick up the path on the opposite side of the road by the railings. At the top of this path, turn right onto the cycle path.
(4) The path passes under Northern Way and Stoney Lane. You will then pass a car park on your right, turn right onto the footpath at the end of the car park.
Turn left onto Wayfarer Road and at the end of Wayfarer Road turn right onto a footpath which takes you down to the river again.
(5) Stay on the riverside path, you will eventually pass the Stadium of Light and walk underneath the Wearmouth Bridge.
(6) Continue past Sunderland University and the Glass Centre. The cycle path ends with a gentle slope up to a petrol station.
From here take the steps down to the car park, across the car park you will see the footpath to Sunderland marina.
Alternative route, from the petrol station stay on Sand Point Road until you reach the marina.
(7) Follow the path around the marina and river bank until you reach Roker Pier. (A).
D : km 0 - alt. 33m - Pallion Metro Station
1 : km 1.19 - alt. 19m - End of the Northern Spire Bridge
2 : km 1.28 - alt. 16m - Northern Spire Viewpoint
3 : km 2.32 - alt. 6m - Cycle Path
4 : km 3.16 - alt. 24m - End of Car Park
5 : km 4.99 - alt. 4m - Wearmouth Bridge
6 : km 6.36 - alt. 15m - Garage
7 : km 6.77 - alt. 6m - Marina
A : km 7.84 - alt. 2m - Roker Pier
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