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The Durham Heritage Coast

With scenery like this, it’s no surprise that British landscapes often make the perfect backdrop for film locations. With its rugged cliffs, impressive headlands and beautiful beaches, the view along the Durham coast is fantastic. The area is abundant with beautiful grasslands, wildflowers and rare plants, as well as exciting wildlife. As a result, the area has won the UK Landscape Award more than once. It’s the perfect walking trail.

Ramble through nature

Be ready for time to stand still as you pause on top of the cliff and look out to sea. Inland from the coast, you’ll find acres of natural woodlands. The largest nature reserve is the picturesque Castle Eden Dene, with more than 12 miles of footpath and over 450 species of wild flowers and plants. Much of the forest dates back to pre-medieval times.

The limestone grasslands along the coast are known to be home to unique and varied wildlife. Look out for the Little Terns in particular. These seabirds are carefully protected by friendly Wardens, who are always happy to share updates on them.

Visit Seaham

Along the Durham Heritage Coast lies Seaham. It’s a lively port town, which offers a spectacular view of the harbour area and the beaches below. If you do choose to drive there from Durham, it takes just under half an hour.

The town has actually featured in several films. You may recognise it from Billy Elliot, or Alien 3. It’s also home to one of the 20 oldest surviving churches in the UK – St Mary the Virgin.