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Durham Coast

Explore Durham's Heritage Coast

Explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands. A truly stunning location, the Heritage Coast is recognised internationally for its rare plants and wildlife, winning the UK Landscape Award in 2010.

Durham Coast

Follow the coastal path that runs along much of the coast leading you through a colourful mosaic of grasslands, wildflowers, flora and fauna, through areas of natural, historical and geological interest. Enjoy spectacular views along the coastline and out across the sea as the North Sea air blows away the cobwebs.

The limestone grasslands of the cliff tops are one of the UK's most protected habitats and home to unique and varied wildlife.

Inland from the coast are hidden denes containing remnants of ancient yew and ash woodland. The largest is the picturesque Castle Eden Dene, a National Nature Reserve with 550 acres of natural woodland and 12 miles of footpaths. A peaceful and tranquil place, it is home to over 450 species of plants and wild flowers, many of which are typical of ancient woodlands that date back to pre-medieval times. And if you love a bargain, don’t miss Dalton Park, the biggest outlet shopping centre in the region.

Seaham is a lively harbour town on Durham’s Heritage Coast, offering spectacular views from its dramatic cliff top location down to the harbour and sandy beach below. The town offers a full range of accommodation, from smaller B&B’s to the five-star luxury Seaham Hall Hotel, which is also home to an award-winning spa. Seaham is also home to St Mary the Virgin Church, one of only 20 pre-Viking Churches in the country.

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  • Key attractions, places of interest and information points on Durham Coast.

Durham Coast highlights...

Dalton Park: Park

Dalton Park: Park

A 55 acre parkland created from a colliery spoil heap. The lakes and wetlands provide a valuable habitat for wildlife. Three signposted trails meander through the terraces, woodlands, meadows and wetlands with steps climbing from the sky gate entrance to the summit at Falcon Point. Leaflets...

Dalton Park: Park

Dalton Park: Park

A 55 acre parkland created from a colliery spoil...

Seaham -  Durham Heritage Coast Walk

Seaham - Durham Heritage Coast Walk

The walk starts and finishes in Seaham Hall Beach...

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre

At Dalton Park you can have it all and save up to...

Durham Coast

Durham Coast

Explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of...

Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

At least 12 miles of walks through a wooded...

Nose's Point Local Nature Reserve Walk

Nose's Point Local Nature Reserve Walk

Nose's Point is a double Site of Special...