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 Good60
- NewmarskemanRedcarTrip Type:CouplesThis is a beautiful part of the North coastline.Thursday, 9th November 2017The northeast has some of the most beautiful walks in the country and a walk along this coast is great with lovely views of the countryside and beaches. The scenery is really pretty with lots of... Read full review
- AnyjoyTrip Type:FamilyAnyone who wants a guide please messageSaturday, 14th October 2017I’m from this area and if anyone wants a free guide please get in touch if I have the time I’d be happy to show you around Thanks Read full review
- John TPeterborough, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHartleypool shockerWednesday, 27th September 2017The drive along the coast was okay and uneventful. Hartleypool is very industrial and needs to be seen to be believed. Read full review
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