GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Durham Coastal Footpath

11 miles (18 km)

This walk follows a beautiful section of the Durham heritage coast from Seaham to Crimdon Park, just outside Hartlepool.
The path starts by Seaham harbour and heads south to Easington Colliery, passing Shippersea Bay and the lovely Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve on the way. This delightful reserve is run by the Durham Wildlife Trust and consists of woodland and limestone hay meadows.
The path continues south, passing Horden and Peterlee with more stunning cliff top views. Around Peterlee you will pass the wonderful Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve. It is the largest area of semi-natural woodland in north-east England and a major highlight on the route. The last section of the walk then takes you to the finish point at Crimdon Park just north of Hartlepool.

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Durham Coastal Footpath OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Durham Coastal Footpath Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Seaham Harbour - - 917253

Seaham Harbour at the start of the route

Durham Coastal Path - - 1539672

Durham Coastal Path, just south of Seaham

On the Coastal Path at Hawthorn Dene - - 322819

On the Coastal Path at Hawthorn Dene. The County Durham Coastal Path is forced inland under this railway viaduct, to cross the narrow gorge of Hawthorn Dene before ascending once more to recross the line and continue on its course

Crimdon Park Caravan Park - - 1613259

Crimdon Park Caravan Park. Overlooking Crimdon Sands with the chimney at the old Steetley Magnesite works dominating the distance (NZ5035). The site was established between the wars catering for the mining families from the nearby villages.

Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Durham Coastal Footpath.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)