Hundred of people have already signed up for this year’s Active Sunderland BIG Walk on Sunday 30 September but don’t worry, there is still time to enter.

The BIG Walk is the last of this year’s popular Active Sunderland programme of events which have so far attracted over 2,500 participants. Online entries close at midnight on Sunday 23 of September but entries will also be taken on the day.

The walk with a choice of three different circular routes all starting and finishing in Herrington Country Park starts at 10am. The routes visit some of Sunderland’s most attractive locations around Herrington, Washington, Penshaw and the Wear Valley.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said: “Our walks offer everyone taking part the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic countryside and perhaps spot local wildlife while enjoying a fantastic day out with family and friends.

“This is a great community event and the routes give a real sense that you are walking off the beaten track. I think people will be surprised at what Sunderland has to offer and encourage everyone to come along and find out what they’ve been missing.”

This year’s three mile route also offers an optional scavenger hunt around Herrington Country Park. With the opportunity to find out more about the area and local wildlife this route is fully wheelchair accessible and ideal for beginners, families or those with mobility issues.

This year’s sponsor of the BIG Walk is Everyone Active who manage Sunderland’s sports centres on behalf of the city council.

The entry fee for the BIG Walk is £10 which includes an Active Sunderland technical t-shirt, medal and goody bag. Please note that entry registration will be open from 8.45am and that only cash transactions can be taken on the day.

For further information please visit www.activesunderland.org.uk or call the Active Sunderland Team on (0191) 5614578.

Find out about the scavenger trail here.

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