Discover park, coast and country, Hartlepool
Explore Harltepool beaches, nature and history on foot
Discover park, coast and country, butterflies, seals and birds in Hartlepool using the Hartlepool walking and cycling map.
Pick up a FREE copy of the map from the Tourist Information Centre at Christ Church building in Church Square TS24 7EQ, or from the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub at the Civic Centre on Victoria Road, TS24 8AY.
Whether you decide to visit a park for a picnic, walk the coastline, spot butterflies or view seal pups all of the places listed below are marked on the map.
Visit a park and take a picnic
Ward Jackson Park covers 17 acres and includes a lake, bandstand, fountain, bowling green and colourful flower displays. Enjoy a picnic or a snack at the café in the park near the children’s play area.
Burn Valley Gardens is a 21 acre park stretching from York Road to Catcote Road. There is a lake as well as two play areas, one for younger children and one for teenagers.
Seaton Park is close to the seafront at Seaton Carew. It has a children’s play space as well as tennis courts and an ornamental garden.
Summerhill Local Nature Reserve and Outdoor Activity Centre covers over 103.5 acres for conservation and outdoor sports, and is open 7 days a week. There is a visitor centre, walking and cycling routes, facilities for rock climbing, orienteering, archery and a BMX cycling track. There are also two play spaces for younger and older children.
Enjoy the coastline, spot seals and butterflies
All of the coastal sites listed belare linked by the England Coast Path National Trail and Route 14 of the National Cycling Network both clearly marked on the Hartlepool walking and cycling map, available from the Tourist Information Centre at Christ Church building in Church Square TS24 7EQ.
This means that you don’t even need to take the car to enjoy what the Hartlepool coastline has to offer!
To the south are:
- Seaton Common Local Nature Reserve, home to vast numbers of resident and migratory wading birds as well as brown hares
- Seaton Dunes Local Nature Reserve, one of the country’s largest dune systems
- Teesmouth National Nature Reserve & Seal Sands, covering around 9,000 acres in two sections and to the south of this
- Greatham Creek and Saltern Wetlands. This is one of the best places to see seals out of the water. Seal pups are born here each summer, making Seal Sands the only regular breeding colony of these animals on England’s north-east coast.
To the north of Hartlepool:
You can visit the Hart to Haswell Walkway Local Nature Reserve. This walkway runs along a disused railways line providing a mosaic of woodland, ponds and glades attracting up to 24 species of butterfly!
The headland to the north of the town is a great place for bird watching, rock-pooling or simply taking a walk and breathing in the sea air.
Walk Hartlepool’s History
A number of information points have been located around old Hartlepool. These provide details of Hartlepool’s proud history. Get a leaflet for the walk from the Tourist Information Centre and follow the boards on the Headland History Trail to find out more.
There is a FREE museum adjacent to the Quay at the National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool. HMS Trincomalee, England’s oldest warship is still afloat there and can be viewed. There is a charge for going onboard.
Enjoy a countryside walk
There are miles and miles of public rights of way across Tees Valley and Hartlepool is no exception. You will find these along with the England Coastal Path marked on the Hartlepool walking and cycling map.
Take the bus, or walk from home to the start of one of the self-guided walks available to download from Hartlepool Borough Council, or plan a walk of your own with the kids using the Public Rights of Way marked on the Hartlepool walking and cycling map available from the Active Travel Hub at the Civic Centre or Tourist Information Centre in the town.