Wearside BIG Walk takes in Sunderland landmarks

Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, with National Trust Rangers Wayne Appleton and Kate Phillips at Penshaw Monument which features at the end of one of the Sunderland BIG walk routes next month.
Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, with National Trust Rangers Wayne Appleton and Kate Phillips at Penshaw Monument which features at the end of one of the Sunderland BIG walk routes next month.
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KEEN walkers can keep fit and raise money for their favourite charities as they step up to a challenge.

The BIG Walk takes place on Sunday, September 22, and is the final in a series of events following on from a bike ride and swim as a celebration of Sunderland City Council’s Olympic legacy.

Anybody is welcome to sign up to the walk, for fun or sponsorship.

Walkers can choose from two routes, both starting at the National Glass Centre.

The 6.5-mile route ends at Washington Wetlands Centre, and the 11.5-mile walk finishes at the top of Penshaw Hill.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “This event opens up the opportunity for people to discover walking.

“The walk is a fantastic, inexpensive and healthy opportunity for the people of Sunderland to have a great day and enjoy beautiful scenery.”

The event has been organised with the help of the National Trust.

All walkers will receive a medal and goody bag, and a free shuttle bus will return them from both finishes to the National Glass Centre. More details available via www.activesunderland.org.uk.