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Hetton Lyons Country Park

Hetton Lyons Country Park

Hetton Lyons Country Park is a picturesque park situated just on the outskirts of Hetton Le Hole on the Durham/Sunderland border, and is jointly managed by Springboard and Sunderland City Council.

The park features a water sports lake with activities ran by Springboard Adventure, fishing lakes, football pitches, orienteering course, play area and is also part of the national cycling network.

Springboard manages the park in partnership with Sunderland City Council and has done since 2003. Springboard supports and coordinates the parks activities and events through a booking process that links up with the City Councils Events Team; if you would like to learn about running events and activities in the park please email adventure@springboard-ne.org

The events and activities that run in the park are large and small, as small as five people and as large as 5000 people! In recent years we have hosted The Transplant Games, the World Cyclo Cross Championships, the Hetton Carnival and the Annual Dragonboat Race. In between, thousands of small groups and individuals access the park for cycling, walking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and open water swimming.

The park is home to the Hetton Hawks Cycling Club, Roker Canoe Club and Ryton Triathlon Club as well as local schools, businesses and youth organisations, Springboard works with everyone to make the best safe use of the park.

As part of our Study Programme and adult courses in Horticulture, the learners complete work experience on a weekly basis. As well as completing the units of their qualifications they work within the park gaining real work experience in a commercial setting, preparing them for the workplace after training.

Our dedicated volunteers come in to help with the work in the park each week taking on some of the more technical projects and some of the less popular!

The park has held the standard of Green Flag for a number of years and this is completely down to the dedication of everyone involved, particularly within Springboard and Sunderland City Council but also our partner organisations that support, with the range of positive activities that take place across the park all year round.

People’s Pedal Power

Ran from the park every Friday is People’s Pedal Power, adapted cycling for those with physical and mental disabilities. People’s Pedal Power takes place between 10am and 1pm and is priced at £5 per bike per hour. Medical forms must be completed before riding. For any group bookings outside of these hours, please get in touch with John Pooley on jpooley@springboard-ne.org

Down at the Pit

This is a project set up for men in the area who would like to be involved in some gardening, park maintenance, meeting new people and having a brew, sandwich and chat with people who they may not get to see if they didn’t come to the park. They are also to able to mend bicycle and ride bikes in the park as part of the Peoples Pedal Power Project.

Around once per month the group head out on a visit to a local landmark or attraction where we have some food and explore a new area.

The Lakes Cafe

Based in the main Springboard Adventure centre at Hetton Lyons Country Park and ran by Springboard staff and volunteers is The Lakes Cafe, selling a selection of snacks and hot drinks. The Lakes Cafe is disability and dog friendly.

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