GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great North Forest Heritage Trail

65 miles (105 km)

This circular cycle and walking route takes you through the countryside of this former mining area in Tyne and Wear. The trail passes Pelton, Bournmoor, Hetton-le-Hole, the Penshaw Monument and Witherwack. The route includes a section along the River Wear in Sunderland and a delightful coastal section visiting Whitburn, Marsden Bay, the splendid magnesian limestone cliffs at the Leas in South Shields and Souter Lighthouse. You will also visit Lumley Castle - a 14th century quadrangular castle at Chester-le-Street with lovely gardens. Also of interest is the Penshaw Monument - a folly situated on on Penshaw Hill dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham. The video below shows the splendid views from this most beloved landmark which appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club.
The route is waymarked with a yellow and green disc.

Great North Forest Heritage Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Great North Forest Heritage Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Monument in Pelton

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Lumley Castle, Chester le Street

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Penshaw Monument

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Whitburn Point

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GPS Files

GPX File

Great North Forest Heritage Trail.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Great North Forest Heritage Trail.mmo (right click - 'Save As')