This section of the England Coast Path begins at the popular holiday park at Crimdon and follows a more urban route to the historic Hartlepool Headland finishing at the old town walls.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) From Crimdon car park follow the tarmac footpath south.
(1) Then cross a footbridge. Bear left and skirt round the escarpment until you reach the steps down.
(2) Go down the steps and back up onto the opposite dunes. Continue to walk south skirting Hartlepool Golf course on your right and the Hart Warren Dunes Nature Reserve on your left. Cross the footbridge and continue walking past the golf course.
You will pass two pipelines on the beach and you will see Steetley Pier. Walk around the new housing development next to the Pier.
(3) Check carefully here as the development work was going on at the time of writing and the route may have altered slightly: it should run straight up from the second pipeline then slightly left to what is now Butterstone Avenue.
(4) Go straight and through the gates at the corner of Spion Kop cemetery and follow the path around the cemetery then bearing left around the derelict land. Again check to see if this is being redeveloped, Stay on Old Cemetery Road footpath if it is not possible to walk here.
(5) When you reach the houses you will see a promenade, walk onto this or onto Marine Drive. Continue along the promenade into Sea View Terrace passing Fairy Cove Gun.
(6) Still following the promenade you will reach the Heugh Battery and the Heugh Lighthouse : here the promenade turns to the south.
Continue following the promenade passing the Headland War Memorial, Heugh Breakwater and Headland Paddling Pool.
(7) As the promenade begins to turn north you will see Pilot pier on your left. Go up the steps at the pier and cross the road to see the statue of Andy Capp next to The Pot House.
Continue walking along Croft Terrace to the old Town Wall finishing your walk in front of the colorful old buildings. A little further along the Town Wall are some benches to take a well-earned rest. (A)
D : km 0 - alt. 31m - Crimdon Car Park
1 : km 0.59 - alt. 8m - Footbridge
2 : km 0.94 - alt. 11m - Left turn to Dunes
3 : km 2.97 - alt. 8m - Pipe Line (2nd)
4 : km 3.87 - alt. 17m - Corner of Cemetery
5 : km 4.93 - alt. 6m - Start of Houses
6 : km 6.8 - alt. 2m - Heugh Battery
7 : km 7.42 - alt. 4m - Andy Capp Statue
A : km 7.64 - alt. 5m - Hartlepool Headland Town Walls
To get back to the start retrace your steps along the Town walls to Northgate, turn left onto Northgate passing the public toilets at Croft Park. The Town Square bus stop is on the corner. There is also a car park next to St Hilda's church on the other side of Croft Gardens.
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