Jo’s Monday walk : Crimdon beach


First of all I need to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the people who joined in on my Monday walk last week.  I was so happy with the response I got that I really can’t wait to do it again.  Let’s take the walk first, shall we, and I’ll explain a little more later.

Crimdon Beach

This is another local walk, and probably comes in the ‘ugly’ category.  I can’t just show you pretty pictures can I?  It wouldn’t be truthful, or fair to the area.  Crimdon lies just north of Hartlepool, on the north east coast of England.  It is one of my childhood beaches.  A day trip to Crimdon was exciting in those days!  To this day, a caravan park sits atop the beach, and you can wander through it playing the ‘I’d like this one’ game.  Front facing the sea, naturally.

How about this one? A few tubs on the deck and it would be perfect!

How about this one? A few tubs on the deck and it would be perfect!

But I’m getting away from the subject.  This is a circular walk which includes the beach and Crimdon Dene.  Our start point is the cliff top car park.

Here you have it!

Here you have it!

As you can see, it’s part of the Durham Coastal footpath, very easily accessible and with some excellent cliff top walking.  Hartlepool was once a part of Durham County, but that is history.

But I cannot always offer you the blue skies!

First drop down the stepped boardwalk and onto the beach

Today a watery sun glints in the rockpools

Today there’s a watery sun, glinting in the rock pools
You'll maybe recognise this view from a previous post?

You might just recognise this view from a previous post where I got wet!

There go the walkers, striding up the beach!

There go the walkers, striding up the beach!

In places the sea is trapped at low tide

In places, the sea gets trapped at low tide
The patterns formed in the dune a mystery

The patterns formed in the dune, a mystery

And looking back, some walkers in outline, at the top

And looking back, tiny walkers in outline, near the top

With the tide out, you can walk right along this beach to Hartlepool.  In the distance you can still see the disused pier that is all that is left of a former magnesium works.  In Summer you might observe protective fencing along the dunes, where a nesting colony of Little Terns make their home for 4 months every year.  They spend Winter in West Africa, lucky things!

But today we are going into Crimdon Dene.  A wooded valley cutting through cliffs of magnesium limestone, it forms the boundary with County Durham.  The Dene’s dominant landmark is the lofty railway viaduct, completed in 1905, over which the north coast railway service periodically rattles.  I remember being hugely excited by it when I was small.

Hartlepool Headland just visible in the distance

Hartlepool Headland just visible in the distance

Safeguard the Little Terns

Safeguarding the Little Terns

Crimdon or Hartlepool?

Crimdon or Hartlepool?

Underneath the arches of Crimdon railway viaduct

Underneath the arches of Crimdon railway viaduct

Leaving the Dene from beneath the viaduct

Leaving the Dene from beneath the viaduct

A steepish climb will bring you back up to the cliff top car park.  The distance is little more than 2 miles but you can extend it as far along the beach as you wish.  There are no facilities as the club house on the caravan park is ‘members only’.  Hard to believe that back in the 50s this was a thriving resort.  A Six word Saturday post from about this time last year will show you the area from a slightly different (and sunnier) aspect.

And now it’s your turn!  Last week I suggested that I would love to hear about walks in your area. I can never cover as much ground as I’d like to, so I would really appreciate sitting back in my armchair for a virtual walk around your neighbourhood.  If you have a post about a favourite walk that you’d like to share, please leave a link in my comments box.  You can do this any day of the week, and it can be a full walk or just a few photos- I’ll be delighted either way.

In return I will tweet or post it on Facebook for those of you who use social media.  I usually share when I like a post anyway, but sometimes I forget.  Age, you know!  I don’t know if you’ve found my Restlessjo page on Facebook, but I’d love to see you there.  Happy walking!


    1. The Dene and surrounding area has been a little neglected over time, Otto, and isn’t your pristine beach setting, but it’s no less interesting for that, I think. The area is close to former mining activity but most of the residue has been washed away now. The cliffs are eroding in places too. But it still makes for a good walk. Thanks for your comments, Otto. Always appreciated. 🙂

  1. I like the shoreline here very much. It’s much more interesting to me than the long stretches of sand and water along the east coast of the US. I enjoy the dunes and rocks and tide pools. The cliffs are fascinating to me since I never saw a beach with a rocky shoreline. I loved the underpinning photo at the viaduct. That is a fine image. And, it has old world character, I think. I enjoyed the walk, Jo.

    1. Many thanks, George 🙂 This beach and the Dene come more in the interesting category than beautiful, I think. The Dene is a little neglected and the beach wild, but that’s nature 🙂 It’s close to a former mining area and has been affected by that. Thanks a lot for your time and nice comments.

    1. Thanks, Joylene 🙂 The Dene is a little neglected and not looking its best after the winter, but I always enjoy walking on the beach (unless it’s freezing!)

  2. Now this looks like lots of fun Jo. Fantastic shots of the beauty around you hon and thanks for the lovely trip. I enjoyed. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

    1. I thought I’d make the walks a regular feature, Sonel. You know I’m always taking them 🙂 I walked my legs off yesterday, so I shall be a little more lazy today. 🙂 Thanks, hon. Morning hug!

  3. a proposito di passeggiate, ieri poi è tornato il sole e sono uscita in mountain bike, la mia zona è molto adatta per la bici, gli argini dei fiumi, le colline, i boschi, le grandi pinete sul mare, non c’è che l’imbarazzo delle scelta…ieri siamo andati lungo il fiume Armo uno spettacolo di margherite e di salici che si stanno coprendo di fiocchetti verdi…tutto completamente diverso dalla bellissima zona selvaggia che ci hai descritto

    naturalmente quando incontro le oche vado pazza ha ha ha
    buongiorno Giovanna

    1. These are beautiful, Ventis! The shot of the Arno is my favourite but I love those willows trailing in the river too. Thank you for my ‘present’. Have a wonderful day, cara 🙂

    1. Thank you! I took quite a few viaduct shots, but wasn’t especially happy with any of them, Paula. It’s such a striking feature and has real presence but it was a dull day and… excuses, excuses! I need to play with them but you know me, Paula. It’s not going to happen. 🙂

  4. I loved this walk Jo, along the beach and then through the wooded area too! I can see why you were so excited about it as a girl. It’s great to see your photos and get some exercise at the same time 😉
    Regarding sharing a walk, I’m not sure if this is what you had in mind but I wrote a post about a walk that Hubby and I took around Stourhead, a National Trust house and gardens in Wiltshire a few months ago. Here’s the link if you want to take a look and see what you think!
    Thanks so much Jo 🙂

    1. Your walk sounds absolutely ideal, Sherri! I really don’t mind where you take me, but gardens are a treat. I’ll just make a cuppa and I’ll be there. 🙂

  5. how nice it was to travel laterally- half way ’round the world and walk the beach with you! i apologize for dashing away at times to explore the tide pools, especially that one that snaked around like a little stream! internet is way too slow here at teh house – i’ve not been able to get the ‘add media’ to budge, and reaching comments or sending comments has taken about 24 hours! your post loaded fairly well – yahoo! – and i hope that this comment reaches you.

    in spirit, there’s a companion post perculating, though i won’t be able to write it until i’m in town!

    i love this theme and look forward to when there are faster internet options!


    1. I feel like I’m reading your comments in slowmo, Zee! 🙂 I thought a felt a spirit with me when I was down on that beach. This explains a lot! Happy to have you along any way you care to join me 🙂

  6. What a wonderful stroll, Jo. I can’t wait to get back to the beach and do the same. I’m not big on Facebook, so I’ll stick to taking theses trips with you right here. Maybe I can even dig up a few pix. Be well…:-)

    1. You must have some pics of you and Rusty (or is that somebody else’s dog? memory lapse 😦 ) on a walk, but no worries, hon. I just enjoy your company, in any shape or form. 🙂

  7. Loved coming along on your Monday walk, Jo. It doesn’t look ugly to me! I’m not lucky enough to be right on a beach, so it’s nice I get to come along virtually with you. My walks are pretty nondescript, simply boring suburban neighborhood walks, but I did take an interesting walk in Baltimore on Saturday I’ll post about soon.

    1. I’ve seen some of the lovely walks you do, Cathy Dutchak, so don’t give me that! 🙂 I love you, honey, and you can share, or not share anything you like. I know your time is earmarked. I’m wrecked today after too much walking!

      1. You’re funny, Jo. I’m not sure you’ll find my Baltimore walk “pretty” but it is certainly interesting. I love your walks and you’ve inspired me to do the same. I wish my time wasn’t earmarked, as I’m really hating this job search. I feel like I spend so many hours and all for nothing! I’d rather be walking, and taking pictures, and just enjoying the fresh air. We had more snow today, can you believe it??

  8. Stepping down the boardwalk to the beach is a lovely way to start this walk Jo , makes it so much easier than all that sand in your shoes from the dunes Lol before you’ve got anywhere .
    I’m so envious of your location close to the sea I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before ..
    Wow .. all those patterns in the sand and rocks …. oh you must try some under the pier shots @ sunrise !!! Would be fantastic 🙂
    I’ll be along later today with my walk 🙂

    1. I love the idea of the sunrise shots, Poppy, but I don’t think I’m dedicated enough for the 45-50 mins walk to this point, with bleary eyes. 🙂 Maybe in high Summer when I’m feeling restless. It’s only 10-12 mins in the car but I don’t drive and getting Mick out of bed for a sunrise is beyond my capabilities. Shame! See you later 🙂

  9. What a fantastic post and what a walk you took me on here – wow … just wonderful, Wouldn’t mind that little “cottage” for a couple of days per year … both in rain and sunshine … what a wonderful to watch the time go by. There is some fantastic viaducts in UK – what an amazing engineering. Durham, never been but it seems very familiar to me – could it be from a TV-series or something???
    That for all the ocean air and sore feet.

    1. Hi Vivi! Been out all day so just getting back to my replies. Definitely got sore feet but FULL of fresh air 🙂 This afternoon I was in Durham again! Not sure about TV but the Cathedral is quite famous and you’ll have seen Durham lots of times on this blog. Tired hugs!

    1. I will! I will, Robin! It’s not one of the better beaches, as I said. It’s a little ‘ugly’, but maybe has character. Depends what you compare with. Northumberland, now…. no contest! 🙂

  10. Thanks for my virtual walk, Jo! I always like it best when, as well as good views of land or sea, there are interesting structures in the landscape. Here you have the viaduct, but also the old pier….is it possible to get closers the pier?

  11. This brings back memories Jo. Memories of camping in the Dene when I was a young teenager and how it used to be packed on a weekend in the summer. Coach parties and organised games for the kids…… wonderful days 🙂

    1. Yes, it’s a bit sad now, David! My kid sister was into drum majorettes and all the marching bands from the collieries. There’s a memory!
      Not so good at this time of year when there’s no greenery, but I love the cliff tops. Lovely morning again! Going to Guisborough forest with the walkers. Just missed the ‘Mud Run’ in Sedgefield yesterday but the set up looked ‘inviting’- not! Have a nice day! 🙂

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