Limekiln Gill is a Local Nature Reserve and is UK Woodland Assurance Scheme certified and is a Special Area of Conservation, within Durham Heritage Coast.
Habitats include grassland, heathland and woodland.
Coastal heathland is found here. This is an extremely rare habitat in the Durham area, and it contains heather, gorse and bracken. The bankside below the heathland is made of Magnesian Limestone and only specific types of flowers grow on it. These include common spotted orchid, field scabious, common rock rose and basil thyme.
From here it is only a short walk to the beach where you can watch the waves and hear them crashing onto the shore.
Route supplied by Durham County Council’s Countryside Service.
- Distance: 1-5 Miles
- Grade: Easy
- Route Surface: Off Road