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:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good76
- mablecrossmablethorpeNaturally beautiful coastlineWednesday, 23rd October 2019We started at the south end of Seaham with a walk along the cliffs. Free parking and miles to walk with a few cultured seating areas along the way. We then went into Seaham. The town is a little... Read full review
- VolcanoDawnVolcano, HawaiiGorgeous vistas!Wednesday, 6th November 2019During two separate trips this year, we spent most of our time on the coast. Mostly we collected sea glass. One day we spotted dolphins frolicing off shore. The beauty is undeniable! Even in the... Read full review
- theharrogateladyHarrogate, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat coastlineSaturday, 7th March 2020We visited the coast via the small town of Seaham. The town itself is very run down but efforts have been made to smarten up the promenade area with statues such as WW1 Tommy. The beach was small and... Read full review
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