Section 8

Washington Old Hall to Roker Pier

The route of an old waggonway leads down to the banks of the River Wear.  Follow the river towards Sunderland, then use quiet tracks through the town.  After crossing the river, pass the National Glass Centre and continue to the sea at Roker.


  • The Oddfellows at Cox Green (open weekday evenings only. Open all day Sunday but booking advised).

  • The New Plough Coffee Trailer at Cox Green.

  • Golden Lion (0191 534 2282) beside the River Wear just past the A19 bridge.

  • Café at the National Glass Museum.

  • Snow Goose Café (0191 567 5681) at Sunderland Marina.

Route Updates:

Follow Direction 7 until the last sentence.  A new road must now be crossed before connecting with European Way.  

Direction 8:  Do not turn left.  Continue towards Sunderland on a cycle way 'until seeing the sign for Pallion Station'.

Road works obstruct direction 10.  Stay on main road to Wearmouth Bridge.

How Do I Get There?

To the start:  
Bus X1 from Gateshead Interchange to Washington Galleries then Bus 84 to Washington Village. Or Metro to Heworth Metro Station, then Bus 4 or 82 to Washington Village.


E1 on Roker Avenue will take you to Fawcett Street in Sunderland city centre. Bus 18 or 19 to Sunderland Park Lane then Metro or rail or Bus 56 to Gateshead/Newcastle.

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