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 Good61
- Susan MHoughton-le-Spring, United KingdomLovely bit of coast.Monday, 8th January 2018Seaham is a nice place to visit, with plenty of cute little restaurants and cafes to linger in even on a winter's day, and has a nice relaxed vibe to it. Interesting sculptures to look at, notably... Read full review
- aquageRochdale, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyVisiting FamilySaturday, 6th January 2018Was staying with family and they suggested us to go here and enjoy the fish and chips.. there's a lovely walk along the main road..filled with little gift shops..cafes and takeaways along the way to... Read full review
- jilltheexplorerNottingham, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelPeaceful coastal walking and living historyTuesday, 2nd January 2018The easy walking terrain makes it popular with dog walkers and enables you to enjoy the scenery and sea air whilst you stroll along. There are steps down to sea level to cross several steep valleys... Read full review
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