This year's Active Sunderland Big Walk offers participants the chance to get off the beaten track and rediscover the best of rural Wearside.

There are three walk options this year - 3, 7 and 11 miles - all starting and finishing at Herrington Country Park.

The 3 mile route takes place entirely within the boundaries of the Park and this year includes the option of a scavenger hunt trail, ideal for children, families, beginners or those with mobility issues.

Both the 7 mile and 11 mile options take in the beautiful River Wear valley behind Penshaw Monument. This area of unspoilt countryside is one of the city's finest outdoor spaces, home to a rich mosaic of habitats and wildlife. It is a fantastic place to walk, with mile upon mile of public footpaths, through open countryside, ancient woodland and along the banks of the River Wear. Moderately challenging to challenging, these walks are aimed at those with a good level of fitness.

So if you are keen to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern city life and rediscover Wild Wearside, or simply enjoy walking, then this is the walk for you!

3 mile route map

7 mile route map

11 mile route map

See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.

Registration is from 8.45am, with all walks starting at 10am

When - Sunday 1 October

Where - Herrington Country Park

What - Choice of 3, 7 or 11 mile walks suitable for all ages and abilities


Entry is only £10.00 per person and includes an Active Sunderland t-shirt, medal and goody bag.