GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hetton Lyons Country Park

1 miles (2 km)

Enjoy a walk or cycle around this attractive country park in Hetton-Le-Hole. The park was developed on a former colliery site and now contains a large picturesque lake with wildlife. There's good facilities too with a car park, kids play area, cafe and a bmx track.
The Great North Forest Heritage Trail also runs through the park so you could continue your cycle/walk along this route.
If you head north you could visit the nearby Herrington Country Park, James Steel Park in Washington and the famous Penshaw Monument.


DH5 0RH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hetton Lyons Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hetton Lyons Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a nice on site cafe selling a good selection of meals, snacks and sweet treats. You can sit outside here and enjoy a pleasant view of the park.

Dog Walking

The park includes woodland areas and lakeside paths which are great for dog walking. You'll probably see other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east and you can explore the coast around Seaham. Here you can pick up the Durham Coastal Footpath and visit the nearby Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve.
Just to the south you can pick up National Cycle Route 14 and the Haswell to Hart Countryside Walkway. The multi-user trail uses the trackbed of a disused railway line to travel between the two old stations. Also for cyclists the epic W2W Cycle Route - NCN 70 passes through the park. The long distance ride runs from coast to coast from Walney Island to Wearmouth in Sunderland.
A few miles to the west of the park there's one of the area's historic highlights at Finchale Abbey. Here you can explore the photogenic ruins of the ancient abbey which dates back to the 13th century. The Grade I listed priory site is run by English Heritage and includes woodland and riverside walks.
Near here there's also Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. There's pretty lakes, meadows and lots of wildlife to see here. You can find the reserve only a couple of miles west of the park near East Rainton.


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Hetton Lyons Country Park.An attractive public open space maintained by Sunderland City Council. It appears that a new path along the east side of the lake is under construction in this photo. The W2W (Walney to Wear) Cycle route passes through the Park.

Picnic area at Hetton Lyons Country Park - - 2554693

Picnic area at Hetton Lyons Country Park

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Hetton Lyons BMX Track

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This conservation pond lies towards the southern end of the Park.


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