Foldout map of cycle routes in the Sunderland area.
2 Rivers Cycleway 10 miles
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.'
courtesy City of Sunderland Council