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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
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- KkatiebrakelTrip Type:FamilyLovely walkFriday, 4th June 2021Lovely walk on cliff tops at Blackhall rocks followed by coffee outside a nice hotel on the way back driving towards Castle Eden. Plenty car parking and most dogs seemed to be on leads. Path is... Read full review
- robertgC368ODBamburgh Castle visitSaturday, 7th August 2021Impressive castle set on the Northumberland coast line, with miles of golden sand beaches below and views out to Lindisfarne & the Farne Islands. Read full review
- Michael NCheadle Hulme, United KingdomNice to see the changes over timeTuesday, 7th September 2021Motored up the coastline from Crimdon Dene to Seaham visiting various beaches that used to be unusable due to all the coal waste deposited in the area. Over the last 20+ years since the last mine... Read full review
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