Seaton Sluice and Holywell Dene – May 2023


Date: Sunday 14 May 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (due to distance)

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Seaton Sluice and Holywell Dene

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The Seaton Sluice and Holywell Dene walk takes in some of the interesting places around Seaton Sluice and Holywell and combines them with a walk along Holywell Dene, the surrounding countryside and Old Hartley.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 Some small hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Moderate due to distance
Map: General - 316-NewcastleUponTyne-Small
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The start

We start at Seaton Sluice and take the steps down towards the small harbour. From here we walk along Holywell Dene to the footbridge.  Here we take a path across farmland.  This path used to be a branch line to Seaton Sluice Harbour.

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Holywell Pond Nature Reserve

We will cross another railway path that was the line going towards what is now Monkseaton Metro Station.  Here we pass Holywell Pond Nature Reserve.  There are several viewing points and hides, where you can sit and watch the birds.

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We will take a path past Holywell Village and then rejoin the railway path we crossed earlier.

Briar Dene Farm to Old Hartley

At Briar Dene Farm we leave the railway and take paths back towards the coast.  There is a short stretch of road before we reach the Coast Path.  We pass St Mary’s Lighthouse and then reach Old Hartley.  From Old Hartley we walk along the cliff top to Collywell Bay and Seaton Sluice.

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When we get back to Seaton Sluice, we will visit Castaway’s Tea Shop for refreshments.

Hope to see you there.

Julie and Martin x

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Nearest postcode: NE26 4QZ
OS Grid Reference: NZ 33699 76705
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Parking: There is street parking close to The Waterford Arms, in Seaton Sluice. Alternatively there is parking adjacent to The Melton Constable pub and Seaton Sluice Car Park just off the A193 roundabout
Toilets: There are public toilets on the green, close to the Waterford Arms.