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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
Waymark: Coastal footpath logo
Attributes: Challenging
Industrial History
Start: NZ422507 - Seaham Hall Beach, Durham View on StreetMap
Finish: NZ482372 - Crimdon Park, Durham View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF Durham Coastal Footpath  (Durham County Council ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 88, 93
OS Landranger Active 88, 93
OS Explorer 306, 308
OS Explorer Active 306, 308

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Route Profile:

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

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