Weardale Way Alternative Last Section - Pallion to Roker

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.

Technical sheet
No. 18346897
A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 08/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 10/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 7.84km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 49m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 76m
Highest point Highest point : 33m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.912725° / W 1.41782°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.922668° / W 1.364129°
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(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).

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

  • Transport: The walk starts at Pallion metro station which can be reached from Sunderland and Newcastle. There is parking at Roker at the end of the walk. From the car park, you will need to walk to either St Peter's or Stadium of Light metro stations to catch the metro to Pallion. Alternatively take bus E1 from Roker Terrace to Fawcett Street and then join the metro at Sunderland Station. There is also parking at Pallion Retail Park behind the metro station but this is limited to 3 hours.
  • Facilities: There is a Costa coffee shop at the start of the walk and cafes and toilets at Roker, but nothing during the walk.
  • Accessibility: There are some slopes but these are relatively gentle and the whole walk is on paved surfaces including cycle paths.
  • Note: The current extension of the A1231 crosses the original path on the south bank of the River Wear and the current Weardale Way path has not been verified. For some time it was not possible to follow the original route becuase of the construction work which is now nearing completion so please be aware if you wish to follow the original route you may have to take any diversions necessary. The route outlined above takes the north bank and is therefore not affected.

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

  • Northern Spire Bridge
  • Queen Alexandra Bridge
  • Wearmouth Bridge
  • Diversions can be made to the National Glass Centre and St Peters Church between (5) and (6).
  • Roker Pier, Seafront and Park

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