But have you tried this lesser known walk, taking in sights such as the Victoria Viaduct and the picturesque riverside setting of Coxgreen with its coal mining and ship building past.
This circular walk, which is four miles long, can start and finish at the base of Penshaw Mounment or the nearby country park and will take around two hours to complete.
The heritage trial, which is produced by Sunderland City Council, takes you through areas rich with Wearside’s industrial history such as the disused Penshaw railway line which was first established in 1852 to carry freight to Hendon. Now you can walk, run or cycled it all the way to South Hylton where it joins the Tyne and Wear Metro line.
The walk takes you along from the bottom of the monument – which was built in honour of John Lambton, the 1st Earl of Durham and based on the design of the Theseion, the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens – along to Low Lambton Farm, past the Victoria Viaduct, and along the River Wear to Coxgreen before looping back around through Penshaw Woods and finishing off at the landmark monument .
We take a look at some of the sights you will see and even include some retro pictures from what they looked like more than 50 years ago.
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