England Coast Path - Easington Colliery to Horden

This section of the England Coast Path/Durham Heritage Coast Path is another rural section which covers several denes creating an undulating walk along dirt footpaths.

Technical sheet
No. 17612563
A Easington Colliery walk posted on 02/12/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 06/12/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.66km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 71m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 99m
Highest point Highest point : 55m
Lowest point Lowest point : 12m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Easington Colliery
Starting point Starting point : N 54.789671° / W 1.318013°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.759346° / W 1.299843°
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Description

(D) Begin this walk at the Easington Colliery Car Park near the Pit Cage Monument.

(1) Walk under the railway tunnel. When you exit the tunnel, go straight forward and walk around the footpath which follows the cliff top. This will turn right and head back to the railway line along the top of Fox Holes Dene/ (There is an alternative path which follows the railway.)

(2) Turn left, the path skirts the railway line for a short distance and then turns left and follows the top of the ravine back to the cliff tops.

(3) The path turns inland at Warren House Gill then back out to the cliff tops. The path here skirts Horden Grasslands Nature Reserve but keep following the cliff.

(4) The path then turns inland again around Whitesides Gill and then crosses a footbridge at Black hills Gill.

(5) Continue walking along the cliff top pausing at the Little Tern Sculpture. After the sculpture, the path turns inland on your right around Limekiln Gill. Continue walking up Cotsford Lane to Limekiln Car Park or into Cotsford itself to catch a bus or train back to the beginning of the walk. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 55m - Easington Colliery Car Park
1 : km 0.16 - alt. 50m - Tunnel Under Railway
2 : km 1.3 - alt. 45m - Fox Holes Dene
3 : km 3.05 - alt. 30m - Warren House Gill
4 : km 4.15 - alt. 36m - Blackhills Gill
5 : km 5.2 - alt. 32m - Little Tern Sculpture
A : km 5.66 - alt. 35m - Lime Kiln Gill Car Park/Cotsford Lane

Useful Information

  • Transport: There are car parks at the start (Easington Colliery) and the end (Limekiln Gill, Horden). The Go North East 62 service leaves from Yoden Way (Aldi) which is another mile walk from the car park and will stop at Easington Colliery Methodist Church (hourly, not Sundays).
  • Facilities: There are no facilities on this route so you will need to bring your own refreshments.
  • Accessibility: This route is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs as it is on unmade footpaths with steep inclines and steps.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Horden Grasslands Nature Reserve
  • Little Turn Sculpture

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