Top 10 Durham Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Durham beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

1. Seaton Carew Beach, Hartlepool

Seaton Carew Beach.Seaton Sands at Seaton Carew has golden sands and rock pools ideal for exploring....

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2. Hartlepool Bay Beach, Hartlepool

Hartlepool Bay Beach.Hartlepool Bay beach runs south from the Marina to Seaton Carew. The beach has a promenade and some grass areas behind the beach....

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3. Crimdon Beck Beach, Hartlepool

Crimdon Beck Beach.Crimdon Beck beach is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes and nature reserve....

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4. Denemouth Beach, Hartlepool

Denemouth Beach.Denemouth beach is a large rural sand and shingle beach popular with walkers and bird watchers....

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5. Easington Beach, Peterlee

Easington Beach.A small sand, shingle and rocky beach backed by low cliffs and dunes....

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6. Horden Beach, Peterlee

Horden Beach.Horden beach is a sand and shingle beach backed by cliffs and grass. This area had a few coal mines which have since closed and the area now has spoil heaps that are being reclaimed by nature....

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7. Seaham Beach, Seaham

Seaham Beach.Seaham Beach is a long stretch of sand sitting beneath grassy cliffs and is part of the Durham Heritage Coast. The beach is often used for sea angliomg competitions. Until 1921, Sea...

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8. Seal Sands Beach, Hartlepool

Seal Sands Beach.Seal Sands situated in the mouth of the River Tees is a 294.37 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is an area of mud and sand and is a great place for bird watching....

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9. North Gare Sands Beach, Hartlepool

North Gare Sands Beach.North Gare Sands is sandy with dunes in the mouth of the Tees estuary. Close to the site of an Oil Refinery and a Chemical Works....

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10. Crimdon Park Beach, Hartlepool

Crimdon Park Beach.Crimdon Park beach is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes and nature reserve by a caravan park....

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Durham's Heritage Coast is truly dramatic with romantic beaches, tall cliffs and wild headlands and is recognised all over the world for the rare plant and wildlife there.

A good path takes you along the coast leading you through grasslands, wildflowers and past animals in their natural habitat as well as those areas of historical interest so that you can really take in the amazing views across the ocean.

The cliff tops here are unique with their limestone grasslands and are a protected habitat for the varied wildlife that live there. Just inland are ancient yew and ash woodlands called 'Denes' with the biggest being Castle Eden Dene, a national reserve of over 500 acres with good walking paths and home to many hundreds of species of wild plants and flowers. The beaches here offer the opportunity to fly kites, windsurf, beach comb or simply relax.

Durham City takes you back to the medieval past with its cathedral dominated skyline and castle World Heritage Site. The dales and the area of the North Pennines are areas of outstanding natural beauty and home to this dramatic coast line. There are lots of good places to stay and many pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from in this area.

Attractions in this area include:

  • Highforce Waterfall
  • The Bowes Museum
  • The Living Museum of the North
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Durham Castle
  • Hamsterley Forest
  • Raby Castle
  • Durham Dales


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