England Coast Path - Horden to Crimdon

This section of the England Coast Path continues down the rural areas of County Durham ending at Crimdon passing through Castle Eden Dene and Crimdon Dene finishing at a popular holiday park. There are nature reserves and rock formations to explore along with long sandy beaches and sand dunes. This section has some steep inclines and steps and is therefore not accessible.

Technical sheet
No. 17583007
A Horden walk posted on 30/11/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 07/12/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.88km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 68m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 74m
Highest point Highest point : 49m
Lowest point Lowest point : 6m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Horden
Starting point Starting point : N 54.759537° / W 1.299584°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.726472° / W 1.251084°
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Description

(D) From the Limekiln Gill car park follow Cotsford Lane until you reach the England Coast Path, take the right-hand footpath which skirts the promontory.
Continue following this footpath (there are numerous) to the footbridge across the stream or the ford if there is no water here.

(1) After the footbridge go through the gap in the wall and turn left.

(2) Follow the footpath down the steps around the top of the cliffs. Continue around the cliffs following Durham Coastal path until you reach a fork in the road.

(3) Follow the left fork to go down to Blackhall Rocks beach and stay on the right-hand fork to continue on the path to Blue House Gill.

(4) At the next junction, here the path veers inland to skirt the deep ravine and the back to the cliff tops. There is a picnic site here. Always keep left following Durham Coastal Path.

(5) Continue to follow the footpath until you reach Crimdon Dene. Here again, the footpath veers inland sharply to skirt the deep ravines.

(6) There are a number of steps here crossing Cross Gill. The path then heads back to the coast skirting a holiday park.

(7) The path here turns into a paved footpath. Continue straight along the path to Crimdon car park. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 36m - Lime Kiln Gill Car Park/Cotsford Lane
1 : km 0.72 - alt. 6m - Footbridge
2 : km 0.92 - alt. 22m - Gap in Wall
3 : km 1.82 - alt. 38m - Beach Access
4 : km 2.17 - alt. 32m - Blue House Gill
5 : km 4.07 - alt. 18m - Blackhall Rocks Car Park and Picnic Area
6 : km 5.04 - alt. 40m - Crimdon Dene
7 : km 5.78 - alt. 28m - Holiday Park
A : km 6.88 - alt. 28m - Crimdon Car Park

Useful Information

  • Transport: There are car parks at Lime Kiln Gill in Horden and at Crimdon. You will need the Arriva service 24 (Hartlepool to Sunderland) which runs between the Seagull at Crimdon Dene to Yoden Way in Horden after which you will need to walk down Cotsford Lane back to Lime Kiln Gill car park.
  • Facilities: There are no toilets or cafes along the way so you will need to bring everything with you. However a Community Hub is being built at Crimdon which will house a cafe and toilets, hopefully open in 2022.
  • Accessibility: This route is mostly on grass with steep slopes and steps and there is not suitable for those with mobility issues.

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

  • Durham Coast National Nature Reserves and Blackhall Rocks Nature Reserve
  • Why not take a detour to explore Castle Eden Dene from Denemouth
  • Crimdon Park
  • Horse riding at Crimdon

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