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.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are permitted on the beach at any time of year.
- Town centre nearby
- Pub nearby
OS grid ref.
NZ 4312 4967