Access within the area located between Seaton Carew in the north and Port Clarence next to the River Tees is important for many reasons, including recreation, economic to provide sustainable travel to and from work, as well as serving the local communities including Port Clarence, East Billingham, Cowpen Bewley, Greatham, South Hartlepool and Seaton Carew.  The Industrial Companies that make up the Seal Sands Industrial Complex also require access, not just vehicular but safe walking and cycling routes for the many employees that travel to these sites on a daily basis.  Scattered amongst these diverse communities are the main attractions that draw the nature and heritage lover in.  These are very special nature conservation and industrial heritage sites that are located within the boundaries of the area known as the North Tees Natural Network (NTNN).