The Durham Coastal Footpath is an 11 mile route which runs from north to south from Seaham to Crimdon Park, just outside Hartlepool. The path starts by Seaham harbour and heads south to Easington Colliery, passing Shippersea Bay and Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve on the way. The reserve is run by the Durham Wildlife Trust. After the nature reserve the path continues south to Horden and then on to Peterlee. This area of the walk provides some of the best clifftop views to be enjoyed on the walk. Around Peterlee there is another nature reserve to enjoy, this one being Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve. It is the largest area of semi-natural woodland in north-east England and a major highlight on the route. The last section of the walk is from Castle Eden National Nature Reserve to the finish point at Crimdon Park just north of Hartlepool.