Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Take a relaxing walk through the stunning villages along the River Wear and spot wildlife, birds and plants along the way. Emerging out of the wooded areas and after crossing one or two bridges across the river, you will arrive at the bottom of Penshaw Hill.

On Penshaw Hill stands the magnificent Penshaw Monument in the middle of the picturesque Penshaw Village. The monument was modelled on the Thesion, the Temple of Theseus in Athens. Walk the steep climb to the top and reward yourself with a delicious picnic with breath taking views across Sunderland. On a clear day you can even see as far as Durham and the North Pennines. During May - September, visitors can book a tour to the top with the National Trust and climb up the secret staircase in one of the columns to the very top.

Once your picnic is devoured continue your walk down the hill to Herrington Country Park, where children can run around in the play park, visit the boating lake and finish the day off with a well-deserved ice-cream.

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