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Durham Heritage Coast, Durham

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Historic Walking Area Beach
Take a walk along the cliffs of Durham Heritage Coast, a once-booming coal mining area now restored to its natural beauty, including the spectacular rock pools at Blackhall rocks. The 17.7 km (11 mi) trail running along the cliffs from Seaham to Crimdon in the south makes a great way to take in the scenery. The coast supports a variety of plant and animal life, and features hidden caves, streams, and waterfalls. If you have time, explore the coast's towns with shops and cafes. Plan your visit to Durham Heritage Coast and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Durham vacation builder.
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Whether you are on a short break or a long vacation, Durham offers accommodations to suit every taste and budget, including comfortable cottages, friendly B&Bs, and luxurious country retreats. For serious rest and relaxation, head to one of Durham's many spa hotels. The countryside surrounding the city is packed with romantic spa retreats, but if an urban break is what you're looking for, go no farther than the historical town center. Hotels in this area offer numerous leisure facilities and entertainment options, minutes away from Durham's iconic cathedral and castle.
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  • Most outsiders are surprised when you suggest this as an attraction because it does not get the recognition it deserves, so no crowds, just great walks, plenty of fabulous views of natural and reclaim...  more »
  • There are many fine beaches on the East Durham Coast some of them with blue flags, for my latest visit I came to Seaham Harbour, what was a grimy area with a coal mine on the sea front and a derelict ...  more »
  • It really is a beautiful part of the world. Stunning coastline and wildlife with the sea crashing against the rugged cliffs below you. Well worth a visit.  more »