Blast Beach to Seaham Harbour 5km Pushchair Friendly Walk

This post is based on multiple visits over the years and was published in February 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 

Blast Beach to Seaham Harbour 5km Pushchair Friendly Walk

This is a lovely pushchair friendly walk to enjoy along the Durham Coastline. It should be suitable for some wheelchair users too - there is a very slight incline along the walk but it's a surfaced path.

There is a steeper hill down to the actual harbour area but it's easy to miss this part out and there are plenty of other cafes along the main prom where you can visit as an alternative.

You can watch a video walk-through of this route here 

We walked for just under 5km (2.5km there and back). We started at Noses Point Car Park which has a coffee van in the car park (see here for opening hours), picnic tables and stunning views of Blast Beach. It's free to park here at the moment but parking charges are being introduced in April 2024. Use postcode SR7 7PP. 

As you enter the car park, you will see some spaces, we ususally drive past these and park in the spaces right next to the cliff (and this is where the coffee van is too). There are no loos in the car park but there is quite a bit of seating. 

Obviously check current bus times and timetables but below is the bus stop you need (photo taken Jan 2024). 

  • 5km coastal route (pushchair and wheelchair friendly)
  • FREE parking (parking charges will be introduced in April 2024) 
  • Accessible by bus 
  • Flat, surfaced path. There is a hill if you want to go down to the harbour but you can skip this and stick to the upper prom 
  • The beaches themselves are not very accessible for pushchairs/wheelchairs - most have steps / steep climbs down
  • Dogs welcome and the beaches here are dog friendly all year round 
  • Easy to extend and walk further along into Seaham or the other way along to Hawthorn Dene (not pushchair friendly) 
  • Stop at some of the best beaches for finding Sea Glass 
  • Free public toilets at Seaham Harbour , Byron Shopping Centre and Asda 
  • Seating at Noses Point & Seaham (no seating along the walk) 
  • Loads of places to stop for coffee, ice cream or a bite to eat. The harbour and prom are thriving with independent businesses

The starting point for this walk is Noses Point and Blast Beach, an area which is steeped in history and has been a film location too. The view is just spectacular and it's worth stopping to read the history boards before you set off on your walk. 

You can climb down to the beach direct from the car park but take care as it's steep! Or if you prefer, walk along the cliff top and there are steps at the other side. 

This beach is one of the best spots in the UK to find sea glass. 

From Noses Point Car Park/Blast Beach, keep the sea on your right hand side and just walk along the path to the harbour area. It's impossible to get lost! The views of the coastline are fantastic. It's around 2-2.5km each way. 

When you reach the harbour area, you can walk down right into the harbour which if you can is worth it as there is a real hub of indie businesses with an ice cream parlour, traditional sweet shop, burger bar, coffee shop and more. Plus loads of seating. 

Flamingo Cafe also has outdoor decking right over the beach with gorgeous views. 

There are free (new and clean) public toilets in the harbour plus a lifeboat station, beach school and tourist info building. We stopped for coffee and doggy ice creams and it was a lovely place to just sit and take in the atmosphere / views. 

You can watch a video walk-through of this route here 

Again, Seaham Harbour Beach is a fantastic place to find Sea Glass. 

Seaham Harbour

Toilets at Seaham Harbour 

Alternatively, if you want to avoid the slight hill down to the harbour (or want to extend your walk afterwards), you could stay on the upper prom and pop into one of the lovely cafes here. There are traditional ice cream parlours, coffee shops and fish and chip shops here too. You can visit the famous Tommy statue and walk along to Seaham/Seaham Hall Beach. 

Lots of the businesses are dog friendly. 

Then when you're ready, turn around and head back to the car park. 

If you're looking to make a weekend of it, I can personally recommend (ad) The Seaton Lane Inn which is a beautiful pub with family and dog friendly rooms available. 

Are you looking for other coastal walks to try with kids? Check out these options: 

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Blast Beach to Seaham Harbour 5km Pushchair Friendly Walk


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