Sandhaven Beach (Herd Sand)
Sandhaven is a long sandy beach lined with impressive sand dunes, located in South Shields, just south of the South Pier. The South Tyneside Heritage Trail crosses the beach.
Birdwatching, surfing and windsurfing.
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Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban on nothern half of the beach 1st May to 30th September.
- Good fishing
- Kite surfing
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
- First aid point
- Lost child centre
OS grid ref.
NZ 3777 6746
There is pay parking by the beach with spaces for disabled visitors. approx 2500 spaces.
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Sandhaven Beach Reviews
ElaineAug 25th 2020
Clean and stunning and safe with lots of lifeguards. Dolphins and seals can be seen in the sea.
Sandhaven and Littlehaven, South Shields
Dorothy WilsonSep 30th 2019
Sandhaven is a beautiful stretch of beach which cleaned and swept every day in the season. Good toilet facilities and you can park right next door to beach. There’s restaurants just beside beach as well as ‘ Minchellas’ kiosk which serves ice creams, snacks, coffee etc - this is popular all year round. There are RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beach in season. A first class beach with lovely soft clean sand.
Steve GibbonsAug 11th 2023
I have travelled far and wide but never seen such beauty as sunset in South Shields watching a school of dolphins very close to the shore with incoming tide, obviously feeding.
The air and water quality is 5 star found food and drink a bit pricey at the top venues but self catering amazingly cheap “ASDA” et al.
Worth a bit of planning as so much to see and do
What a beach!!
speccy shrekJul 05th 2022
good beach because food and water very nice what a beach sea is cold though but surely it might get hotter cos of the moon and hot. Colemans is very fishy as it sells fishy chips and mushy peas and currys sauce. I love this beach no.1 in da world what a place down with the mags and north shields up the black cats and the mariners.Anyway back to the beach it is golden and the dunes are cool. however sand is annoying when it gets stuck in your toes and I have to waste lots of shower water on my toes but the sea is very cool. Parking is good and not expensive.