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Sandy Beach recommendations

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Sandy Beach recommendations


We will be based near Darlington for a week and are planning to visit Bowes, Beamish, Durham Cathedral and Castle, National Railway Museum and the waterfall. We did think about visiting Hadrian's Wall but not sure where best to see it.

We would also like to visit at least one sandy beach whilst we are there. Which beach would you recommend for sandcastles?

Any other tips would also be welcome.

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Sandy Beach recommendations

If you are going as far as Hadrian's wall, Bamburgh has a beautiful sandy beach up there.

If you want somewhere closer, Seaton Carew is sandy and has the full works of chip shops and amusement arcades.

Seaham is a nice town and the beach there is famous for coloured sea glass.

If you want somewhere where there will be few other people, try Castle Eden Dene. I haven't been there for years and years, but I remember a beach like the surface of the moon. Orange (iron ore) rocks and all. It's a beautiful walk down through a valley of trees.

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2. Re: Sandy Beach recommendations

With Darlington as a base I suggest Saltburn by the Sea for a sandy beach.

For Hadrian’s Wall best is Steel Rigg car park up near Once Brewed.

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3. Re: Sandy Beach recommendations

I like Seaton Carew.

Was wandering about Bamburgh last December 2016 and two young lads undressed and ran into the North Sea -they where either brave or crazy.

It was a good beach though.

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4. Re: Sandy Beach recommendations

Hadrian wall is a long way from Bamburgh ! So please take the other suggestions .

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5. Re: Sandy Beach recommendations

If you are visiting Hadrian's Wall I would suggest Housteads as the best part to visit as it has a museum/visitor centre and excavated remains of a roman fort but you would not want to spend all day there so you could pop along to Tynemouth in the afternoon. Tyne mouth is quite pleasant with a ruined priory, gun emplacements, sea life centre, nice park, plenty of food options and a sandy beach.

Housteads is a good hour and a quarter away from Darlington though so it would mean a fair amount of driving but do-able.

It might be worth me talking about an easier option. Hadrians wall actually ends at Wallsend and although you would not be in the picturesque countryside like housesteads their is a good museum and visitor centre called Segednum Roman Fort. To make a different day out you could get a train from Darlington to Newcastle and use the Metro rail system from there to Wallsend, spend some time at Segednum and then hop back on the Metro to Tynemouth for lunch and sandcastles and then back to Newcastle which is very much worth a walk around, grey street has been talked of as England's most handsome street an I really like walking around the Grainger Market.

Just a suggestion

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