BIG turnout expected at Sunderland walking event

Some of the 600 participants of last year's Active Sunderland Big Walk enjoying the walk along the riverside.
Some of the 600 participants of last year's Active Sunderland Big Walk enjoying the walk along the riverside.
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Organisers are hoping for a BIG turnout next month as an annual walking event takes place in Sunderland.

The Active Sunderland BIG Walk is to take place on Sunday, September 20, and entries are now open.

The walk takes in areas of fantastic scenery

Coun John Kelly

Last year, more than 600 people took part, taking in some of the city’s best scenery and historic sites along the route.

Entrants have two routes to choose from, which both start at the National Glass Centre, on Liberty Way, Sunderland.

A 6.5 mile walk finishes at the Washington Wetlands Centre, on Pattinson Road, while an 11.5 mile walk ends at Herrington Country Park, in Houghton-le-Spring.

Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “The river has for many generations been the heart of Sunderland.

“The route of the BIG Walk reflects the city’s wealth of heritage, habitats and its fascinating natural landscape.

“The walk takes in areas of fantastic scenery, parts of a modern sculpture trail, a wealth of curious and intriguing historical sites and some important areas for wildlife.

“It is great to have an event such as this for all the family.

“This fun and healthy activity gives everyone the opportunity to explore some of our best known landmarks and some of its best kept secrets too.

“I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a great day out.”

All walkers will receive a medal and a goody bag, and a shuttle bus service will take them back from Herrington Country Park to the National Glass Centre.

To enter, it costs £5 for adults and £3 for those aged 12 to 16, while it is free for under-12s. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, September 2015.

For more information and an application form, visit www.activesunderland.org.uk, where the event’s terms and conditions can also be found.