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Hartlepool Headland is formed on a peninsular of magnesium limestone which reaches into the North Sea. This geological make-up has created a coastline of mixed treasures. From golden sandy beach of the North Sands stroll along to the teeming rockpools towards the end of the peninsular where you might find yourself rolling up your sleeves and searching for crabs. The historic Hartlepool Headland is at the northern end of the town and is home to several historic sites pertaining to Hartlepool's rich history. The beautiful 12th century St Hilda's church can be found on the Hartlepool Headland with oldest parts the nave and tower. Visitors are welcome to take tours of the historic Norman St Hilda's Church which features many of its original Norman features.