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.
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- davidwilliambarnesBlackpool, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWildTuesday, 22nd February 2022Went for a drive and a walk between Seaham and Sunderland. It was during the recent storms of Eunice and Franklyn so you could imagine how wild it was - a bracing but invigorating walk. The coastline... Read full review
- PeterReigateOtley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWild and windsweptTuesday, 20th September 2022This is a beautiful part of our coastline. Wild, windy and exhillarating. The coast road runs a little inland so it is necessary to park in one of the several car parks and walk down on to the beack... Read full review
- AJJP1Appleby-in-Westmorland, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelGet Carter final scenesTuesday, 10th January 2023I had a wonderful walk on Blackhall Beach this afternoon . A huge, clean beach. Hardly anyone about . Easy free parking, nice paths down onto the beach . No litter . Signs of the coal heritage of... Read full review
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