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.
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.
Seaham is a lively harbour town on Durham’s Heritage Coast and is home to one of the oldest churches in the country and the iconic Seaham Hall Hotel, home to the award winning Serenity Spa.
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good59
- 351sandrajPeterborough, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHampton couple 4 hours meander along coastal walk and beachesThursday, 14th September 2017A former mining town, Seaham is definitely a work in progress. One beach has golden sand the other, dark brown from many years of mining and waste but now in recovery with a haven of wildlife having... Read full review
- Sufi SSingapore, Singaporenice quiet placeTuesday, 5th September 2017had a picnic there, nice and quiet. its a very rocky place, not suitable to go for a swim... well the waters are below 10 degrees Celsius. but you can catch a nice sunset here. Read full review
- Jen_Andy_LawsonLeedsTrip Type:CouplesLovely walk until you reach Hartlepool...Sunday, 20th August 2017We wanted to do an 8 mile walk along the coast but unfortunately no buses run in the area on a Sunday. Instead we parked at Hartlepool station and got the train to Seaham. From there it's a 16 mile... Read full review
* 2006 Opening - 03 Jan 2006 - 23 Dec 2006
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