New sights and new things to discover. After a lunch pause at the cafe in Seaham Marina it was time to get back on the coastal path. I was on the Tyne to Tees Walk and halfway through day two. So many wonderful scenic miles done and many more to go, wonderful. Heading South out of Seaham it really is no time at all before you come to the stunning Nose’s Point.
Ahead as you walk up the outcrop comes into view. Hard to believe this was the site of a colliery even as late as 1991 that employed over 3000 men! Nature is back and working hard to reclaim the area but the mix of beach, rock, nature and industrial remnant is worth exploring.
For looking down South from Nose’s Point you get to see the expansive Blast Beach in all its glory. A beach I have wandered many a time now and here I get to explore it again. Such a peaceful and interesting part of the world.
Hidden caves with natural windows to the sea, grassy walkways, sand, rock and pebble. A calm, quiet and beautiful enclosed spot. The name Blast Beach gives a hint to its past. It was once were the waste was dumped from the coal mine. Considering the mine only closed less tan 30 years ago, and looking at old photos online, you get a sense of the massive, yes massive clean up operation and transformation that has taken place. Look down amongst the rocks beside the sea. The colours bring up some of this past.
The landscape is very surreal in its beauty down on the beach. The other worldly landscape made it the spot used in filming the landing scene in Alien 3.
This was obviously a special place for dogs to run and run, where better than a wide open beach and the sea
Time for me to head southwards once more and before I completed the day I have the treat of passing through Hawthorn Dene. Yet another reason this walk is so rich in variety. The coast is broken up by these green and abundantly colourful Denes. Inlets with small rivers, trees and flowers a plenty.
Hawthorn Dene is a bigger and beautiful example. A limestone gorge that the path follows round. When you reach the bottom a little footbridge crosses the river and you get a cathedral type feel with a whole new view out to sea, under the viaduct.
The clifftop walk from Hawthorn Dene to Easington Colliery is truly invigorating. Clifftops and huge views all the way. Not busy either each time I have done it so you can stand in peace looking out over the North Sea, waves crashing down below.
You can see you are nearing Easington Colliery. The black pit cage stands proud in the view as a reminder of the huge and thriving mining community that once worked and lived by the mine. Easington Colliery was one of the last pits to be closed in 1993.
The day was coming to an end, another special day on the Durham Heritage Coast. I was halfway through this fantastic walk and could not wait to start day 3 in the morning.