Nose’s Point - Seaham - Hawthorn - Hawthorn Dene

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An interesting and mainly flat walk from Nose's Point, the panoramic coastal viewing area on the outskirts of Seaham. The route features deep wooded denes and flat coastal paths through ecologically designated areas as well as a nice mix of railway path, fields and lanes.

The walk starts from the car park at Nose's Point on the former site of a blast furnace and latterly Dawdon Pit, then heads north up the coast on surfaced footpaths to arrive at Seaham Harbour. The walk then leaves the coast and heads south-west through a residential area of Seaham, to emerge alongside a golf course on a rising, straight track along the route of a former mineral railway line. At the end of the line the route once again changes direction and heads south, passing through an unnamed hamlet and a couple of fields to intersect the village of Hawthorn. From here the walk intersects and passes through the steep-sided Hawthorn Dene, followed by a series of field-paths and stony lanes that leads back to the coast to emerge at the panoramic viewpoint of Beacon Hill, from where there are extensive views of the entire Durham Coast. From Beacon Hill the route re-enters Hawthorn Dene to pass under the high railway viaduct and emerge briefly onto the beach at Hive Point, where the Hawthorn Burn flows into the sea. After a steep pull up the cliffs from the beach the walk then intersects the coastal path that returns the walker to the car park at Nose's Point.

England - North England - Durham - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, River, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland

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