Cycling in Sunderland

Foldout map of cycle routes in the Sunderland area.

The 2 Rivers Cycleway  
10 miles
'The cycleway from Sunderland to South Shields is virtually all off-road and is well-signed, linking the River Wear to the River Tyne alongside a beautiful coastline. The cycleway hugs the river edge to the North Sea, linking directly to the National Glass Centre, award-winning sculptures and the Marine Activities Centre. The Two Rivers Cycleway continues north to join the cliff top and heads towards South Shields. From Whitburn, the cycleway links to the Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Rock before descending down to South Shields beaches. The route then leads to the town centre and the Shields' Ferry, which in turn links to a number of cycleways, including the Reivers Route, Coast and Castles and C2C cycle routes.

Sunderland to Hartlepool and Middlesbrough

'Like the Two Rivers Cycleway, this section also forms part of National Cycle Route 1 from John O'Groats and Edinburgh to London and Dover.

Sunderland to Silksworth
'From the City Centre, the cycleway passes beside the Chester Road University campus and uses the new Durham Road cycle link to Eden Vale, before joining the Stephenson Trail. The Stephenson Trail follows the line of the world's first railway designed for steam locomotives, built in 1822, This entire section is off-road.

Silksworth to Ryhope
The cycleway enters Silksworth Recreation Centre and follows another mineral railway, which once linked Silksworth and Ryhope Collieries, and passes beside the Tunstall Hills SSSI - a former coral reef! This section is entirely off-road.

Ryhope to Hawthorn
The cycle route passes through the village of Ryhope and follows another former mineral railway. A linear park has been created here, leading up the 1:42 gradient into County Durham, where there are further cycle links to Hetton, Seaham and south.'

Information courtesy City of Sunderland Council