GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hawthorn Dene

3 miles (5.5 km)

This delightful nature reserve near Easington has nice footpaths to follow. The paths will take you through attractive woodland and along the pretty Hawthorn Burn. The reserve is located just to the south of Seaham. You could follow the Durham Coastal Footpath to reach the site. Alternatively there is a car park just to the north of the reserve. From here you can pick up the footpaths east through the reserve to the coast. You'll pass the railway viaduct before coming to Hawthorn Hive, with cliffs and rocky shore.Look out for a variety of flora and fauna including snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebellsin the spring. Notable wildlife includesjay, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker and roe deer.
If you would like to extend your walk you could follow the coast path south and visit the lovely Castle Eden Dene. Here you will find miles of woodland trails, pretty streams, rushing waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife in this splendid nature reserve in Peterlee.


SR7 8SH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hawthorn Dene OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hawthorn Dene Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles west and there's Hetton Lyons Country Park to explore. There's a fine lakeside cycling and walking trail here with good facilities including watersports and a cafe.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Hawthorn Dene footpath - - 1333278

Footpath at the reserve. From the cliff top at Hawthorn Hive crossing the East Coast Railway and into Hawthorn Dene, County Durham.

Viaduct over Hawthorn Dene - - 322815

Viaduct over Hawthorn Dene. The County Durham Coastal Railway crosses the impressive magnesium limestone gorge of Hawthorn Dene between Peterlee and Seaham

Field on the north side of Hawthorn Dene - - 3747338

Field on the north side of Hawthorn Dene

Hawthorn Burn Viaduct - - 3262724

Hawthorn Burn Viaduct

Hawthorn Quarry - - 320088

Hawthorn Quarry. Eastern entrance to this large quarry - magnesium limestone being the material that is scraped out of the ground. The quarry lies on the northern side of the reserve.

Hawthorn Dene, County Durham - - 1354793

Summer buttercups in the rich magnesium limestone grassland.

Tree lined footpath - - 1397029

Tree lined footpath. Leading from Hawthorn Village to the Durham County Coast

Hawthorn Burn footbridge - - 1356836

Hawthorn Burn footbridge


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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