Find The Nearest Beach Tyne and Wear
Planning a trip to Tyne and Wear and looking for the nearest beaches. The Tyne and Wear coast includes Sunderland and is split into North Tyneside on the north banks of the River Tyne, and includes the resorts of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, and North Shields. Whilst South Tyneside has sandy beaches, cliffs, and the traditional seaside resort of South Shields.
- Long Sands beach in Tynemouth is a stretch of golden sand suitable for bathing, surfing, kayaking or why not just sit back and relax. As the tide goes out a number of rock pools provide excellent family fun. Facilities include Parking, toilets, cafe, restaurant and shops.
- Whitley Bay beach is a long strip of sand with rocks. Large park behind the beach. Was the East coasts answer to Blackpool due to its close proximate to industrial north In the 1960’s the resort started to struggle when people discovered foreign holidays. Still much a holiday resort that has a night life that attracts hen and stag parties. Facilities include pay and display parking, toilets, cafes, restaurants and promenade.
- Cullercoats sits between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. The Cullercoats beach is a semi-circular sandy beach enclosed by small piers with cliffs and caves. Cullercoats is a popular destination for families and day-trippers. The name is thought to derive from Dove (or Culver) Cotes. The south of the bay has a launching area for local fishing boats and leisure craft.
- Ryhope Beach is a mix of sand, shingle and rocks. Tide times are posted at the beach access steps along with standard warnings of waves, submerged rocks and 999 emergency number. Access can be gained through Ryhope itself, there is a public footpath near the Albion pub which leads to the beach (5 minute walk), no access for vehicles but there is a small approach road which may be used for parking – please park responsibly. There are 2 other access points to Ryhope Beach in addition to the main one above. Additional access to Ryhope beach near the Toll Bar traffic interchange next to the former Salterfern industrial estate beyond Grangetown Autos, no vehicle access but again a small approach road which may be used for responsible parking. Beach is not patrolled by lifeguards and there are no facilities of any kind. However it is perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of more popular beaches in the city so excellent for peace & quiet, only the occasional family and dog walkers. Second additional access is along the A1018 through Ryhope, then onto the B1287 heading to Seaham, along the route comes a sharp bend directly under a railway bridge, the access is immediately after you exit under the bridge, parking is very limited to only 2 or 3 cars. This beach access is through Ryhope Dene and is sign posted, a short walk through the dene down access steps and you are on the larger part of the beach, at low tide you can walk all the way from the top of Toll Bar to Seaham beach, please take note of the tide times which are posted at every beach access. No facilities, no lifeguard patrol, tide times are posted at beach access steps along with standard emergency warnings.
- King Edwards Bay beach is a sheltered sandy beach backed by cliffs and grassy spaces ideal for families. The beach sits under Tynemouth Priory and Tynemouth Castle. The beach is also known as Tynemouth Short Sands after its longer “Long Sands” neighbour. Facilities include car parking, toilets, shops, food outlets, lifeguards and zoned areas for watersports.
- Roker beach is also known as Whitburn South beach and is the closest northern beach to Sunderland. A wide sandy beach with all the usual seaside attractions including marine activities centre, boating lake, gardens/park and model railway. Facilities include parking, toilets, cafe/restaurants, deck chair hire.