One of the best things about staying in a coastal country house hotel is the access to some of Britain’s most stunning walking routes. A walk along the coast is a chance to escape and take some time for yourself while exploring a beautiful new location. Whether you’re an avid rambler or just out for a relaxing stroll following afternoon tea, Durham’s coastline has a walking route for everyone. We’ve come up with a selection of our favourites, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find one that’s perfect for you.
Durham Heritage Coast Walk
After emerging from a past steeped in industrial history, the Durham Heritage Coast Walk takes you along wild cliffs and through some of the country’s most dramatic dunes. This 11-mile stretch of coast takes you from Seaham to Crimdon, passing through a number of seaside villages – each with its own unique character. This walk is flexible so you can wander off if you want to – we recommend exploring the area around the route! And for anyone who’s up for a longer walk, Castle Eden and its dene of ancient trees are must-see sights.
Not only does Nose’s Point offer stunning views of Durham’s coastline, but its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest means that there’s plenty to see and learn on this walk. The Durham coast is the only place in Britain where magnesian limestone meets the sea, creating a unique environment for wildlife and plants. Hawthorn Dene – an ancient woodland reserve – is just a short walk away from Nose’s Point for those who fancy even more adventure.
Glass Beach to Seaham Beach
Overlooked by Seaham Hall, Glass Beach is the closest beach to our hotel and is the perfect place to head to if you want to dip your toes in the sea. If you fancy it, the walk from Glass Beach to Seaham Beach is perfect for walking off a slice of cake or two. Follow the beach down to Featherbed Rocks for a perfect photo opportunity on one of Durham’s most rugged coastal locations, or head down to the rockpools to see what the tide washed in.
Located just south of Seaham, Blackhall Rocks is a Local Nature Reserve right on the coast. Its proximity to Blackhall Colliery provides a dramatic setting for a long walk, taking in the views of the sea and the history of the colliery which has undergone a massive transformation since it featured in the 1971 film, Get Carter. Following a clean-up in the 1980s, the beach has been returned to its natural beauty and is unrecognisable from the film.
The drive to Souter only takes about 20 minutes and once you’re there, you’ll have access to one of the most interesting coastal walks in the area. The route starts a short distance away from Souter Lighthouse and leads you to the Lime Kilns, Whitburn Coastal Park and the nature reserve. This area of the coast has a diverse history and was once home to a village which housed 700 people. The village existed for only 90 years before it was demolished in the 1960s. If you’re interested in learning more about the mining history of this area, this walk is a must!
Our location overlooking the coastline means we’re in the perfect position for you to head out and explore everything that Durham has to offer – and we’ll be here with a warm pot of tea or a spot of dinner when you get back.
If you’re looking for a luxurious escape while you explore Durham’s coast, take a look at our rooms here.