Best beaches in County Durham

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in County Durham as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Durham is Middleton Beach. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Durham just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Middleton Beach

    Small sandy beach near Hartlepool lifeboat station at the mouth of Victoria Harbour. The backdrop is rather bleak and industrial but the beach itself isn't too bad. The beach here all but disappears at high tide.

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    2. Featherbed Rocks Beach

    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…

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    3. Horden Beach

    Horden is a former mining community on the North Sea coast, about 12 miles south of Sunderland. The long beach, composed mainly of shingle and pebble, backed by grasslands and cliffs, bears testament to this industrial past. Colliery waste…

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    4. Crimdon - Park Beach

    This long, pleasant stretch of sandy beach, just north of Hartlepool, is named after the caravan parks that it backs on to. These are largely out of sight from the beach, sitting on the clifftops at the northern end. Further down the beach…

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    5. Seaham Hall Beach (Remand Home)

    Seaham Beach is a pleasant sandy beach, with some areas of rock, which stretches on for around half a mile beyond the north of the town and harbour. It is sometimes referred to as Seaham North Beach and until 2013 it was known as Seaham…

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    6. Dalton Burn Beach

    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.…

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    7. North Gare Beach (Seaton Carew)

    North Gare is one of the three sandy beaches along the County Durham coast near Seaton Carew. Backed by low sand dunes the beach here forms part of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve. The beach forms the northern shore of the mouth…

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    8. Seaton Carew Beach

    Lying on the North Sea coast between Hartlepool and the mouth of the River Tees, Seaton Carew Beach provides a good stretch of sand. The beach is popular with bathers and families looking for a good beach during the summer season. In winter…

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    9. Easington Beach

    This small beach lies on the Durham Heritage Coast, approximately mid-way between Sunderland and Hartlepool. The terrain is a mixture of sand and shingle and the beach is backed by cliffs and dunes. There are views from the beach along…

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    10. Hartlepool North Sands Beach

    In the 1930s, industrial works alongside this part of the coastline, extracted magnesia (magnesium carbonate), used in the lining of kilns and incinerators, from dolomitic lime and seawater. Today, all that remains of this industrial site…

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