However, Wearside and the surrounding areas are also home to some more off-the-beaten-track beauty spots and landmarks that are definitely worth exploring. Here’s some of our favourites.
5. Tunstall Hills
For some of the best panoramic views of the city up to Cleadon Hills and beyond, take the short hike up Tunstall Hills. It's also a nature reserve and home to many butterflies which you'll enjoy spotting on your walk. Photo by Katy Wheeler.
Photo: Katy Wheeler
6. Victoria Viaduct, Fatfield
Not the most well-known of Wear crossings, but that doesn't make Victoria Viaduct any less spectacular. For a beautifully scenic walk follow the path from Fatfield to see this feat of Victorian engineering. It was completed on June 28, 1838, the date of the coronation of Queen Victoria; hence its name. Photo by Angela Jane. You can follow her on Instagram @19_ajh_19
Photo: Angela Jane
7. Hawthorn Hive, East Durham
For a dramatic walk of unspoilt countryside and coastline, try the Hawthorn Hive Trail, a 5km trail near Seaham. Walk through the woodland to reach the beach. Photo by Helen Russell Photography. Follow her on Instagram @HelenRussellPhotography
Photo: Helen Russell Photography
8. Seven Sisters, Houghton
Standing guard over Houghton, The Seven Sisters are six Beech trees (once seven) sitting on top of the Copt Hill Barrow. It's a spot that offers spectacular views of the surrounding coalfield towns. Photo by Dean Matthews. Follow him on Instagram @dean_matthews_
Photo: Dean Matthews