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Durham Coastal Footpath

18 km / 11 miles

This stretch of the Durham coastline has seen many changes. The cliff-top land had been subjected to intense farming or used for the tipping of colliery waste whilst the beach itself was also damaged by tipping. However, on the closure of the pits in the early 1990s, a reclamation project and the natural effects of the sea have brought about improvements, with several Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The route passes through or close to Seaham Harbour, Dawdon, Easington, Dene Mouth and Blackhall. There are some circular sculptures (2ft diameter/6ft high) with two sets of hoops and other installations including information boards.

A downloadable leaflet and route details are available from the website below.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Coastal footpath logo
Challenging; Coastal; Industrial History; Sculpture/Art
NZ422507 - Seaham Hall Beach, Durham
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NZ482372 - Crimdon Park, Durham
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Durham Coastal Footpath (Durham County Council)


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Route Profile:

20.2 Km (12.6 miles)
410 m (1,345 ft) ascent
49 m (161 ft)  maximum height