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 Good62
- 509MartinStafford, United Kingdomrugged and beautifulWednesday, 11th April 2018A fantastic pat of the country. I have refound this as my son has now gone to University in the North East and we are making semi regular visits with all his kit, books, washing etc!! I used to live... Read full review
- jrgrundyNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderful coastline. Shame about the litter.Wednesday, 4th April 2018I get the chance to visit the coast of Durham quite often for work. The views are stunning and some of the beaches are weird and wonderful due to their heritage. But some of the people who use the... Read full review
- uksharpyAuckland, New ZealandTrip Type:CouplesNot flat caps and Whippets any moreMonday, 5th March 2018Take a car, add a picnic, forget the weather - though a dry day is preferred, and allow a god day to just tootle along the coast - beaches, cliffs, picturesque villages, sprawling cities - the coast... Read full review
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