Durham Heritage Coast, Durham

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#4 of 6 in Historic Sites in Durham
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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  • August 20, 2017
    We wanted to do an 8 mile walk along the coast but unfortunately no buses run in the area on a Sunday. Instead we parked at Hartlepool station and got the train to Seaham. From there it's a 16 mile wa...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    No longer the grim sea-coal strewn coast portrayed in 'Get Carter' but now a rugged wild cliff top stretch with a few places to access the bays. Nature reclaiming back from the mining industry - a lot...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We visited beaches both to the north and south of Seaham. Both were great, stunning cliffs, nose point beach to the south bit of tricky climb down but worth effort, steps at the far end, great views, ...  more »

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