Find The Nearest Beach Durham
Planning a trip to Durham and looking for the nearest beaches. Durham was once an industrial county on the North Sea but much of the coast is now a National Nature Reserve with several Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The coastline is a mix of beaches, rugged cliffs, striking headlands and seaside towns like Seaham.
- Seal Sands is an inter-tidal mudflat situated in the mouth of the River Tees halfway between Hartlepool and Redcar. Seal Sands forms one part of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, the other being North Gare Sands. This is an area of mud and sand and is a great place for spotting seals and bird watching. An easy-access footpath connects the Cowpen Marsh car park with two wheelchair accessible hides overlooking Seal Sands.
- Blast beach was once hidden deep below waste from Dawdon Colliery which was one of the last Durham mines to close. After a clean-up you now have a spectacular stretch of coastline with empty beaches, high cliffs and wild flowers. This is a great location to head out and explore Durham’s Heritage Coast. Car parking available at Nose’s Point.
- Blackhall Rocks beach is made up of sand, pebbles and rocks. Blackhall Rocks is part of the Durham Wildlife Trust reserve from where access to the beach and cliffs can be gained. As well as the beach and nature this is also a very popular climbing location. Car park and a steep path to the beach.
- Red Acre is a small rock and shingle beach with sand is exposed as the tide goes out. The beach is bordered by the harbour on one side and the main long Seaham beach on the other. The beach is backed by the town of Seaham. The beach is also known as Terrace beach. This beach is in Seaham town and you have all facilities in the town behind the beach along with a harbour.
- North Gare Sands is sandy with dunes and some marsh in the mouth of the Tees estuary, close to the site of an Oil Refinery and a Chemical Works. North Gare forms one part of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve with the other being Seal Sands. Parking a short way from the beach but no shops or toilets, signposted nature trails lead from the car park.
- Seaham Beach is a long stretch of sand sitting beneath grassy cliffs and is part of the Durham Heritage Coast. The beach is also referred to as Seaham North beach as it runs north away from the town itself. Until 1921, Seaham was the location of the largest glass-bottle works in Britain. Founded by John Candlish in 1853, under the patronage of the 4th Marquess of Londonderry. During the works operation glass waste was dumped into sea, and now with every tide sand-polished glass stones can be gathered. You have parking at various positions along the seafront and facilities include toilets, picnic area and pub. As you move towards the harbour and Red Acre Beach you get the main part of the town with a selection of places to eat. The beach is often used for sea angling competitions along with the North pier of the harbour.
- Hartlepool North Sands is a sandy beach. As you head Northwards away from Hartlepool you have the Durham Coast and Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserves which is known for spotting seals and seabirds. In the middle of the beach you have a long working pier that carries pipelines. Car parking is by the marina.