The Beach Guide

Featherbed Rocks Beach

Featherbed Rocks Beach - County Durham

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This rocky outcrop lies a short distance north of Seaham Harbour. Until the late 19th century, it is thought to have featured a sea stack or arch which probably had a passing resemblance to a four-poster bed, from which the name of this part of the coastline is likely to have derived. However, coastal erosion has taken its toll, and today all that remains is an area of rock shelving, which can be accessed at low tide.

A small, sandy beach, backed by rocks lies between Featherbed Rocks and Seaham Marina. Behind this stands a steel sculpture by artist Ray Lonsdale, of a First World War soldier, sitting on an ammunition box, deep in thought. The statue is known locally as Tommy.

Parking can be found along the B1287 North Road, a short walk north of the rocks, or south of the rocks next to Seaham Marina.

There are a choice of cafes and shops nearby, including a Sainsbury’s supermarket. Further amenities can be found in Seaham.

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Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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    SR7 7EZ

    OS grid ref.

    NZ 4303 4989

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