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 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good65
- dramsmanHartlepool, United KingdomTrip Type:Couplesmorning walkSaturday, 30th June 2018first time I've been to east Durham coastal walk. did a few miles from Blackball rocks, lots of beautiful plant life and great sea views. planning to do more now Read full review
- Dr_WaughNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyRuggedMonday, 18th June 2018The coastline is beautiful but rugged. I’m lucky that work brings me to Seaham every now and then and I get the chance to spend a bit of time on the beautiful but rugged East Durham coast. The... Read full review
- Andrew TDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelOut of the black into the light.Monday, 18th June 2018This part of the coast has been cleared of all signs of the colliery waste dumped on it`s beaches for years. It has become a wild life haven, planted with native plants, some rare. The footpaths are... Read full review
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