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The best dog walks in and around Sunderland

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know that the perfect dog walk needs more than just a stretch of path for your dog to wander.

There needs to be plenty of grass to sniff, opportunities to be off lead, regular poo bins and some lovely views for their human companions.

If you’re looking for some great places to wander with your four-legged best mate then we have put together four of the best in and around Sunderland.

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Herrington Country Park

Across the road from Penshaw Monument is this beautiful park created from the remnants of an old coal mine. The park offers sweeping views, beautiful lakes and plenty of opportunities to explore. There’s a large children’s play area and multiple car parks. Dog owners might like to make the most of the enclosed field at the top of Herrington before heading on the perimeter walk which offers plenty of time for off-lead exploration and muddy puddle to frolic in. Just be aware that swans do nest in all three lakes so it is best to put your pup on their lead when close to those. 

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Penshaw Monument 

While the monument itself might be well known, did you know that as well as climbing up to the monument there is a fantastic woodland walk behind it? This area is full of trails with plenty of interesting sniffs for your four-legged friend. Once you have climbed Penshaw Monument, head left and around the Monument – there you’ll find a trail leading into woodland. Dogs can be off lead to explore the forest, but just be aware of other walkers.

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Ryhope to Seaham

There’s nothing quite like a brisk walk along the coast and Sunderland offers some fantastic coastline. Why not head to Ryhope and walk along the coast to Seaham? The walk takes just under two hours and offers some unspoiled coastal views. There are plenty of options for dog friendly coffees and lunch along the way too. The Lookout allows dogs inside and offers a great range of coffee and cake – perfect for warming up after a long walk in the sea breeze.

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Rainton Meadows

This beautiful nature reserve welcomes dogs on lead. It is a beautiful spot with a large car park, cosy coffee shop with a great lunchtime menu and an abundance of wildlife. Wild deer are regularly spotted here and there’s always a gorgeous array of little birds.

There are several circular routes within the nature reserve where dogs must be on-lead. Outside there are stretches of path and country lanes where your pooch can be off lead and you can explore the surrounding area together. Head uphill from the carpark to catch some amazing views over the local area and with plenty of benches to rest your legs this is a great place to combine a walk with a picnic or al fresco coffee.

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Laura Kingston
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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…

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