The Durham Coast is well known for its spectacular wildflowers. Some of the fields at Blast Beach are among the best places to enjoy them, with plants like bloody cranesbill, dyer’s greenweed and devil’s-bit scabious creating a riot of colour in the summer. The patches of scrub that intersperse the grassland provide shelter for birds like grasshopper warblers. Listen out for their insect-like song.
While the flowers are at their best in spring and summer, the fabulous cliff-top views can be enjoyed year-round. These views are quite different now to how they looked at the end of the last century.
This stretch of the Durham Coast was once home to the biggest coal mine in Europe, and to some of the worst coastline pollution in the world. Buried under no less than two and a half million tonnes of colliery waste every year, the beach was a no-go area for people, animals and birds.
Thanks to a massive clean-up project involving the National Trust and 13 partner organisations the vast majority of the waste has now been removed and wildlife and people are able to use the coast again.
The grid reference for the car parking at Nose's Point is NZ436478. The nearest postcode for satnav is SR7 7PS.