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.

Also known as:

Herd Sand

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban on nothern half of the beach 1st May to 30th September.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town

South Shields


NE33 2LD

OS grid ref.

NZ 3777 6746


There is pay parking by the beach with spaces for disabled visitors. approx 2500 spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Sandhaven Beach Reviews

Aug 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 Wilson
Sep 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.

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