Spion Kop Local Nature Reserve

This historic cemetery overlooking the sea, was designed by John Dobson in 1856 and was formed from a combination of sand dune and ship's ballast. Spion Kop Cemetery Local Nature Reserve provides an unusual mix of coastal, limestone and industrial heritage habitats that produces rich dune grassland of such a high quality, it is unique in Hartlepool and rare within the Tees Valley. The natural sward is relatively low, up to about 30 cms and is characterised by fine leaved grasses.

In 2004 the site was granted Local Nature Reserve status and has been sensitively managed to encourage the natural flora and fauna which includes Thrift, Pyramidal Orchid, and Lesser Meadow Rue.


Head towards Hartlepool Headland on the A179 straight over the round about onto Cleveland Rd/West View Rd before turning left onto Old Cemetery Road. On-road parking is available outside the cemetery.

Grid Ref: NZ511 349

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