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Walk 4 – Country and Coast


Pass the site of the Hester Pit, where 204 men and boys were tragically killed in 1862, and head towards the coast before returning to Seaton Delaval Hall.

Lysdon Farm near Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
Lysdon Farm near Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland Michael Thompson


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Seaton Delaval Hall main gates, grid ref: NZ321766


Leave Seaton Delaval Hall by the main gates, turn left on the footpath and follow the estate wall around the bend as far as the gates to the grounds of the Church of Our Lady and its secluded graveyard (open Summer only - Fridays 11:00 to 4:00, Sundays 2:00 to 4:00). Retrace your steps back to the main road and turn left to walk up the Avenue towards Seaton Delaval, pass the junction (signposted 'Public Bridleway') on your left, cross the road (take care because of traffic). The Avenue was the main drive to the Hall, had two large pillars at the top and was lined with a double row of lime trees either side.


Turn right at the road junction. Immediately on your right, in the trees, is the base of the Obelisk erected to mark the spot where Admiral George Delaval fell from his horse in 1723 and subsequently died. Follow the road as it passes the telephone exchange now on the site of Hastings Row, a long terrace of miners’ cottages, and continue on the footpath as it turns the corner. Cross the railway line, then carefully cross the road and continue to the site of the capped shaft of the Hester Pit. (There is a bus stop immediately outside the site).


This is where, in 1862, 204 men and boys were tragically killed when the pumping shaft beam snapped; it fell down the single shaft and subsequently trapped everyone inside. You can also see the remains of the Pump House. Paving stones have been laid, these show the names of all that died in the tragedy. Carefully cross the road again, retrace your steps crossing the railway line again.


At the bend in the road turn left along the farm road to Seaton Red House Farm. Carry on between the farm buildings and along the farm track to arrive at Lysdon Farm. To the right of the bridge before the farm is the ancient Lysdon Well, this is in undergrowth and may be difficult to see at times. While you are at Lysdon Farm you may be lucky to see Romany caravans and carts being restored and painted by hand.


Just before the 5-arch Barn turn right and continue on this track/ path until you reach the road at Gloucester Lodge Farm. In the last field on the left are the remains of a Second World War anti-aircraft battery, manned at one stage by American troops. Further along the coast towards Blyth is a restored First World War coastal defence battery with gun turrets, magazines and so on. (This may be worth a separate visit).


Carefully cross the road (can be very busy at times), continue straight on for a very short distance and turn right to join the path that goes through the dunes. The Duke of Gloucester and HRH Duke of York stayed at Gloucester Lodge Farm in 1795 while reviewing seven thousand troops camped nearby. This was a show of military strength at the height of the Napoleonic War. It is said to have been carried out deliberately in sight of Seaton Delaval Hall, the family home of Lord Delaval’s daughter Sarah, Countess of Tyrconnel, who was a great favourite of His Royal Highness.


Carry on along the path passed the Astley Arms until you can cross the main road beside the roundabout and walk up the hill (Fountain Head Bank) and stay on the footpath all the way back to the Hall. On your way, on your right, you pass the 18th-century farmhouse Lookout Farm, used during the Napoleonic War as a look out post. Opposite is another view of the Mausoleum, built in 1777 by Sir John Hussey Delaval for his son John, who died in 1776 aged 19. The Mausoleum was never consecrated and John is buried at Doddington, Lincolnshire. Further on you may also see, over the wall, the Orangery and the houses previously used by the garden employees. You will then reach your original starting point at the main gates of the Hall.

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Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
After 14 months of fundraising, the National Trust received the keys to Seaton Delaval Hall in December 2009 National Trust Images / John Hammond


Seaton Delaval Hall main gates, grid ref: NZ321766

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Walk 4 – Country and Coast


Flat walking on public paths and pavements, may be muddy in places, some steps and also need to cross a main road busy with traffic.

Walk 4 – Country and Coast

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Walk 4 – Country and Coast

How to get here

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR
By train

West Monkseaton Metro 3 miles (5km).

By road

190 passes, linking to A193 coast road and A19; 5 miles (8km) from A1.

By foot

Network of footpaths: Seaton Sluice (¾ mile/1.2km), Seaton Delaval (1 mile/1.6km), Blyth and North Tyneside.

By ferry

North Shields Ferry Terminal 8 miles (13km).

By bus

Services from Newcastle centre to Blyth every 30 minutes, stopping at Seaton Delaval Hall (connects with services to Whitley Bay and North Tyneside).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 1, cycle paths to local towns, villages, old mining waggonways, coastal paths.

Walk 4 – Country and Coast

Facilities and access

  • There are toilets and refreshments available at Seaton Delaval Hall, ideal for before and/ or after