Durham Heritage Coast

A significant part of the stunning coastline within County Durham is located at Seaham.  This coastline won the Countryside Agency's official designation as a Heritage Coast in 2001. It has very recently achieved European recognition, being one of three entrants honoured with a formal 'Special Mention' for its works in the prestigious Landscape Award of the Council of Europe completion. 


Many of the improvements carried out by the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership have been so spectacularly successful that they have gained a string of national and European environmental awards – visit Durham Heritage Coast Partnership website on http://www.durhamheritagecoast.org/. Seaham at the northern end of the Durham Heritage Coast is the most developed section with funding from the Turning the Tide Project which was funded by the Millennium Commission. This led the successful removal of spoil dumped over the sea cliffs and on to the beaches.


Visitors can follow the Seaham Timeline Trail from Seaham Hall car park.

The impressive Promenade improvements and recently extended Esplanade provide wonderful walking opportunities along the cliff tops. There are also extended walks along the coastline to adjoining settlements.