Sunderland is home to loads of great bike trails and with the sunshine starting to make an appearance as we settle into April, now’s a great time to head out on two wheels – while practicing social distancing, of course! Whether you’re after coastline escapades, countryside trails or inner-city adventures, take a look at our guide to safe cycling trails for during quarantine…

Coast to Coast

The Star Map sculpture at Roker seafront signals the start, or end, point in the Sea to Sea (C2C) route. There’s a lot to see along the route as you come into Sunderland; cyclists will be able to enjoy a varied mix of trailside sculptures and even get the chance to stop off the Washington Wildfowl Wetlands Centre – when it reopens, that is!

The fine views across the River Wear continue as you enter the city of Sunderland and follow the water’s edge to the route’s official end at the Star Map sculpture along the seafront at Roker. Make sure you dip your front wheel in the ocean – it’s a tradition!

Walney to Wear

Wearside is also the finishing point for the iconic cycle route, Walney to Wear! Linking Walney Island on the southwestern tip of Cumbria’s Irish Sea coast with the mouth of the River Wear on the North Sea coast, cyclists who choose to give this one a go are blessed with a wide range of stunning scenery as they head into the Sunderland.

Fausto Coffee to Souter Lighthouse

A perfect bike ride for the whole family. Whistle over to Sunderland’s famous Souter Lighthouse, before embarking on a leisurely 3.6 mile ride over to our friends at Fausto Coffee for a well-deserved cuppa! First opened in 1871, Souter Lighthouse has become an iconic beacon on Wearside’s coastline and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. A great place to either begin or finish your cycle commute, we think, so why not give this fantastic route a try!


Tell us about your favourite cycling routes in and around Sunderland via email! Contact [email protected] and be sure to tag us in your two-wheel adventure snaps using the hashtag #WheelingAcrossWearside!

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