When you think of beaches in England, many often think of those in the south of the country like the Devon and Cornwall coast. However, there are just as many beautiful sandy bays in the north of England, as well. If you’re sick of the crowds that these southern sands usually attract – not to mention the seagulls constantly on the hunt for falling chips – why not head to these 4 tranquil coast beaches in the northeast instead?
There’s a reason Sandhaven recently won Beach of the Year there are a few. Located in South Shields, Sandhaven offers the perfect mix of desolate and peaceful, and busy and bustling. For a quieter walk along the sands, head south to the wild Trow Point end. If you’re with a group of family and friends, the north end is home to the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and South Shields Skate Park – perfect for a beach day out you won’t forget in a hurry.
Known mainly to walkers on the England Coast Path, Howdiemont Sands is a secret worth knowing about. Also called ‘The Burn Mouth’, discover the most breathtaking crescent of sand that’s protected by low headlands. The best part about Howdiemont Sands? You’ll likely be one of the only ones there, well, apart from a few sheep, of course!
Roker and Seaburn
With miles of coastline to choose from, Sunderland’s twin beaches at Roker and Seaburn have been family favourite sands for as long as we can remember. Weary parents can unwind and sit back with a picnic while kids can run off some excess energy – before settling down to build some impressive sandcastles! And with plenty of lifeguards on duty, all members of the family can finish off the day with a quick dip in the ocean… on the way back to the car, why not spend an hour strolling along the wide-open promenade, or paying a visit to the restored Roker Pier?
Easily reachable when travelling through the northeast by train, don’t miss the last beach spot on our list: Saltburn. Make your way down to Saltburn’s signature shingle and sandy beach via its unique water-powered cliff lift and take a glimpse at the only remaining pleasure pier on the whole northeast and Yorkshire coast – Saltburn’s infamous Victorian pier. Looking for a little more thrill? Saltburn Surf School also offers beach bums the chance to catch some great waves.
Sandhaven, Howdiemont Sands, Roker and Seaburn, and Saltburn; if you’re on the search for some beautiful coastal getaways and beaches that are a far cry from the often overcrowded and noisy sands in the south of the country, why not head up a little further north?