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“Hawthorn Dene and Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of East Durham Coast

Durham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Hawthorn Dene and Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

A Beautiful part of County Durham that many dont visit, I have known this part of Durham all my life and over the time the National Trust has owned it there has been many fantastic changes, my favourite part has to be Hawthorn dene with its mass of history, if you only have time to visit one part it must be Hawthorn Dene and Hawthorn meadows.
I walked from Seaham to Crimdon last week and couldnt believe how much wildlife was there.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank tomcat193
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“ED Coast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Just go and see it!
Notice the vanishing remnants of the Durham Coalfied. Get down on the beach and grab a lump or handful of the very special 'seacoal' (Anthracite) which formed the basis of the Steel Industry to the south, supported the Industrial Revolution and the contentious British Empire. Then visit Hartlepool Quay and see the port from which it was exported and the impressive restored historic vessels.
Much of West Hartlepool is built on land created by the ballast dumped by returning colliers. (You won't see many monkeys being hanged though??????? - a local legend)

Visited September 2012
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“Forgotten coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Blackhall rocks, Castle Eden Dene and Crimdon Dene are really beautiful, over looked areas with a wealth of animal and bird life. Pack a brolly and a packed lunch though but well worth the trip and an ice cream at the end of it!

Visited October 2012
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“Natural Beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Wild windswept cliffs offer a breeding ground haven for many seabirds. Miles of golden sandy beaches great for walking and getting back to nature.

Visited September 2012
Thank Ray P
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Peterlee, England, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful regenerated coastline”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Traveling from Castle Eden Denemouth up to Dawdon Nose's Point is one of my favorite walks in the north east of England. The views are stunning from start to finish with iron ore stained rocks on Horden Beach looking like a different planet set against the grass sloped cliffs to the coved bays.
All along the coast you walk past a number of wooded gills & dene mouths. Hawthorn Dene is worth a visit on its own with it mix of steep wooded valley leading to wild coastal meadow and the viaduct at its mouth. Spring time is a delight especially when you see the abundance of wild flowers in the meadows.
I myself have a fondness for the cliffs between Easington and Hawthorn Dene where the views of the beaches below are particularly good
The coastal pathway is well maintained and easy to follow, but proper footwear is advisable. There are many detours leading into the denes and onto the beaches. All are worth a look along, but cannot be done in the one visit.
Bikes and horses are not allowed, though you do see the odd cyclist.
Worth taking a O/S map if you don't know the area, asking the locals and they will put you right
Not a place for push / wheel chairs though there is the option to park further up the coast at both Dawdon and Easington where young children can walk with you.
Close supervision of younger children is recommended in some parts though due to the steepness of the cliffs.
Camera is a must along with waterproofs as you are right on the coast.
Bring your own food and drink though unless you want to go into one of the villages (which can be a trek).

Visited October 2012
2 Thank George J
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