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Seaham Hall Beach - Easington Colliery

Starting at Seaham Hall Beach car park, the walk leads you along the shore past the site of the Vane Tempest Colliery. The walk continues along the promenade and past the harbour to reach Nose's Point. Nose's Point is close to the former site of the Dawdon Colliery and Ironworks and there are information boards telling of its history.

From here the route is along the headland, above Blast Beach, where the effects of the coal industry in the area can be seen on the shore. Much of the headland area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a wide variety of wildflowers can be seen. Carry on to reach Hawthorn Dene and the shore of Hawthorn Hive, where there is a spectacular view of the railway viaduct. Climbing back up the headland, under the viaduct, the walk concludes along the headlands, past Beacon Hill, to the village of Easington Colliery.

It is recommended that this should be done as a linear walk, either using two cars or public transport for the return journey. The bus service is good and frequent from Easington Colliery to the outskirts of Seaham. There is then a final 1.5km walk down Lord Byron's Walk to reach the car park.

Download the full walk details, including a waymarked OS map by clicking here.

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