Tour of Britain: Durham to Sunderland – all you need to know


The Tour of Britain makes its first visit to England on Tuesday as it starts in Durham city center and ends in Sunderland.

Durham has never hosted a stage start or finish in a professional edition of the Tour of Britain.

The route for stage three will head west first, taking the peloton through the AONB of the North Pennines, before returning to County Durham and Sunderland.

Among the challenges of the first 50 kilometers of the 168 kilometer route is the ascent of Chapel Fell, a four kilometer climb located near the border between County Durham and Cumbria.

Barnard Castle marks the most southerly point of the course, as the peloton will then head northeast through Bishop Auckland, Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton le Spring en route to a finish that will suit sprinters.

The route will take you past some of the city’s green spaces and through communities as you approach the finish line outside Sunderland’s new Town Hall.

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Here is a schedule of the times the race is expected to pass through key points on the course:

Deployment – Durham–St Mary’s College 11:15 a.m.

Kilometer 0 – B6302 Durham Road – Ushaw Moor 11:30 a.m.

Stanhope 12:12 p.m.

fallen chapel 12:35 p.m.

Billy Lane 1:33 p.m.

Bishop Auckland 2:01 p.m.

Ferry Hill 2:15 p.m.

High Moorsley 2:55 p.m.

Sunderland – Bowling Square 3:23 p.m.

The route for Tuesday’s third stage will take in much of County Durham. Photo: SWPix

Car park

The start of the third stage takes place in Durham city centre, just three kilometers from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs for Durham city centre.

Information on car parks in Durham City can be found on the Durham County Council website. Information on Durham City park and rides is also available on the Durham County Council website.

There are several ways to get to Sunderland, where stage three will finish in Keel Square at 3:23 p.m. Be sure to plan your trip in advance and, whenever possible, travel using sustainable and active transportation options.

Parking in the city center will be limited during the event, so use public transport if you can.

There are limited parking lots nearby which you can see here. There is also paid parking at The Bridges Sunderland, a short walk from Keel Square. St Mary’s car park and Livingstone Road car park will not be accessible on the day of the event

Closed roads

Please note that some roads will be closed in Durham to facilitate the event. Diversion routes will be marked.

To allow for the construction of the stage finish, road closures will be put in place in Sunderland city centre.

These include:

• St Mary’s Way: closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 6

• St Mary’s car park and Livingstone Road car park closed from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday 6th September • Wearmouth Bridge closed from 1pm to approximately 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th September

Wearmouth Bridge will remain open to bus routes.


Keel Square will include catering, restrooms and first aid. The site is fully accessible, but visitors will need to plan their visit as St Mary’s car park and Livingstone Road car park are not available. The stage finish will take place on St Mary’s Way in the town center with Keel Square hosting the official event village.

Large screens will show full live coverage of the race before the peloton arrives at the finish line. The sponsors of the event will also be present and it is also there that the podium is located on which the winner of the stage and the jersey wearers will be presented.

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