Dalton Burn Beach

Dalton Burn Beach - County Durham
© Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse under this Licence

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.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are permitted on the beach at any time of year.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NZ 4312 4967


Parking available in town

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