The Sunderland 3 Peaks Challenge

More than 40 walkers took part in our Sunderland 3 Peaks event in June as we encouraged people to keep active and support conservation efforts for their local wildlife.

3 Peaks walkers at top of Herrington Hill

The event took place on Saturday, June 22, beginning at Tunstall Hills.  Walkers enjoyed the views and climbs of Tunstall Hills, Herrington Hill and Penshaw Hill over a route of approximately eight miles.

On the way, they met expert guides on Herrington Hill, the Trust’s newest Sunderland Nature Reserve, who offered an insight into its importance for flora and fauna, including the spectacular display of wildflowers which adorn the reserve. The walk finished at Penshaw Tearooms.

Emily Routledge, Membership Development Officer, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our supporters enjoying the variety of wildlife on display across our nature reserve and its surrounding area. We are delighted that the event has raised around £350 for the Trust. It has never been more crucial to conserve and protect our wildlife. The money we have collected through entries to the Sunderland 3 Peaks will go directly into conserving wildlife across our nature reserves, from the Tees to the Tyne and we would like to thank each and every person who took part.”

Joanne Wilson, a long-term member of Durham Wildlife Trust who took part in the hike at the weekend, said: “I signed-up to take part in the Sunderland 3 Peaks because it looked like a fun way to see a part of the North-East I am not very familiar with. I liked the idea of taking on a walking challenge and it didn’t disappoint. The group saw some spectacular views across the Sunderland skyline and enjoyed learning all about the wildlife that thrives in this area.”

We run regular events across the trust area, they are all listed here: