Dalton Burn Beach
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The small shingle beach of Dalton Burn lies just north of Seaham Harbour Marina, about 7 miles south of Sunderland. At low tide a fair-size area of sand is exposed. Low rise cliffs back the beach and immediately behind that is the road.
At the southern end of the beach, a breakwater curves around Seaham Harbour. Immediately behind the beach is a Marina and the harbour is behind that. This area is quite interesting to explore and has a variety of shops, eateries and other facilities.
The historic Lifeboat House and Heritage Centre commemorates the George Elmy Lifeboat Disaster in 1962, in which 9 members of the lifeboat team lost their lives when the lifeboat capsized. The original lifeboat is housed here, having been spotted for sale on the internet in 2009.
Paddle-boarding and kayaking are quite popular here with relatively easy access to the water at the harbour end of the beach.
Parking is available in Seaham, close to the beach.