The King Charles III England Coast Path is currently being developed and will be a 2,700-mile trail showcasing the entire English coastline.
A consultation about how the Tyne to Tees stretch, which takes in the Durham Heritage Coast, can benefit the local community is open.
Hartlepool’s historic Headland is the most southerly point of the Durham heritage coastal footpath route.
The King Charles III England Coast Path will give right of access to all of England’s coastline. When fully open, it will be the longest coastal path in the world.
The Tyne to Tees section starts in South Shields and follows the coast to Port Clarence, via Sunderland, Seaham and Hartlepool.
Kendal-based charity the Lake District Foundation, together with Natural England and Durham Heritage Coast, is leading a consultation aimed at maximising benefits of the path for local communities.
Local views are sought to help shape its development.
Liv Allport, Programme Manager at the Lake District Foundation said: “We’re calling on the people of Hartlepool to get involved and suggest how the development of this National Trail can benefit your area.
"You are experts on your local area, and we would love to hear from you. Other National Trails have positively impacted towns and villages around the path with increased tourism and other economic benefits.”
To take part in the consultation go to www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/national-trails or contact Research Coordinator Emily Hicks on email@example.com