Sunderland to Jarrow to Bedes Cycle Trail

 

Sunderland to Jarrow – Bede’s Trail

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A 13 mile cycle route¬†following the historic route of Bede’s trail taking you from St Peter’s Church in Sunderland to St Paul’s Church in Jarrow following in the footsteps of the 7th century pilgrims. The route takes you north along the coastline and then through the Great North Forest along roads and off road trails. There are purple coloured signs marking Bede’s cycle way all along the route so you shouldn’t get lost. The monastery of St Peter was founded in 674 with its twin monastery, St Paul’s being built in 782 and the two monasteries were linked as one. Bede was a very important scholar of his time and St Paul’s contains the oldest church dedication stone in England.
The route starts from St Peter’s Church on the outskirts of the busy city of Sunderland.
Starting from St Peter’s Church on Dame Dorothy Street A183 in Sunderland cycle right (north) along Dame Dorothy Street and follow the road as it runs on to Harbour view and takes you past the harbour entrance and runs on to Roker Terrace.

Continue along the road as it takes you along the coast and out through the suburbs of Sunderland. As you leave Sunderland you pass a Morrisons Supermarket on your left hand side. About 400 yards past the supermarket follow the bede’s way trail signs to the right which take you along the path following the coastline. After about 400 yards just as you round the bend you TURN LEFT along the path towards the houses on your left.

At the end of the path you TURN RIGHT along the street and at the end of the street TURN LEFT along Larch Ave and Myrtle Ave. and after 200 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction at the junction TURN RIGHT along Mill Lane A183 towards South Shields.

Continue along the road for one and three quarter miles past Souter Lighthouse and then the quarry and the golf course on your left hand side. At the end of the golf course, by the caravan site TURN LEFT along the path which takes you alongside the caravan park and at the end of the path TURN RIGHT and then immediate LEFT along Quarry Lane.

Cycle along Quarry Lane past the parkland on your left and TURN LEFT along The Lonnen (second turning) cycling past Cleadon Park on your left. After 300 yards take the fifth turning on your left and at the end of the road turn right along the trail.

Continue along the trail as it takes you round the back of the houses across Sunderland Road and brings you out near to a roundabout on King George Road. Carry on the trail across King George Road and past the school. At the end of the school grounds TURN LEFT down Holder House Way.

After 200 yards the road runs onto the trail again . Continue along the trail as it takes you around the corner by the allotments past the houses and after about a quarter of a mile it takes you left away from the houses and brings you out on to Tile Shed Lane by the railway cottages.

At Tile Shed Lane TURN RIGHT past the railway line and at the cross roads GO STRAIGHT ACROSS along New Road. After 500 yards TURN LEFT alongside the playing field and continue along the trail through Colliery Wood and then on exiting the wood the trail bends to the left alongside the railway line.

Continue along the trail and after about a quarter of a mile it takes you across the A19 and brings you out on to Hedworth Lane. Cycle a few hundred yards to the end of the road. At the end of the road GO STRAIGHT ACROSS and cycle along the path which takes you through King Georges Field and after half a mile the path takes you right past the cemetery and under the A19, across the park land and after 400 yards you come to St
Paul’s Church. The end of the cycle ride.

At Jarrow you can enjoy some refreshments and explore the town before heading back on your return journey .

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