Six north-east beaches in Sunday Times Top 50 list
As the Sunday Times recently revealed its list of the UK’s 50 best beaches, we took a closer look at the beaches in the North East that made the list.
The Times said more than 800 beaches were visited to compile the list, with editor Chris Haslam naming Sandhaven in South Shields as the beach of the year for 2022.
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Only eight northern beaches feature in the top 50, with Blackpool in Lancashire entering the rankings alongside three in North Yorkshire, three in Northumberland and Sandhaven.
We’ve already focused on Sandhaven, so here’s a look at six other beaches in the northeast deemed good enough to make the Sunday Times top 50.
West Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby is a much loved jewel in North Yorkshire’s tourist crown and attracts thousands of visitors from all over.
Its western side makes the Sunday Times list rather than the city center itself.
The west cliff is famous for its whalebone arch and the bronze statue of Captain James Cook, standing over 6 feet tall, as a tribute to the explorer’s ties to the fishing town.
Whitby is of course famous for inspiring Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula after the author spent time in the town.
The gothic abbey atop the south cliff is an iconic part of the Whitby landscape and has long been a favorite destination for goths and literature lovers.
Cornelian Bay, North Yorkshire
Cornelian Bay is a bay in the North Sea near Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
It is located between the headlands of White Nab and Knipe Point, just north of Cayton Bay.
Geographic features of note include two WWII pillboxes, and the Cleveland Way walking trail hugs the cliff for the full length of the bay.
Redcar Coatham, North Yorkshire
Coatham is an area of Redcar in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire.
There is reputed to be an entry in the Doomsday Book – the earliest recorded reference to Coatham as “there is a hamlet of Cotes (chalets or one-roomed huts) on the beach where the people collect coal from the boats of Hartlepool, at transport by pack animal to Guisborough Abbey for the heating of the monks there”.
The majority of modern Coatham is Victorian housing, notably at its northern tip by the Coatham Hotel built in 1860.
A small boating lake, leisure centre, arcade complex and caravan park now occupy the rest of Coatham’s coastline.
Howdiemont Sands, Northumberland
This wide sandy beach lies between Boulmer and Howick and can be reached on foot from either site or by road from Longhoughton.
Like the nearby Sugar Sands, it’s a secluded but popular beach, popular with walkers and those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of busy resorts.
Newton Steads and Football Hole, Northumberland
This is another small, secluded beach that has pale sand and rocky areas ideal for a rockpooling spot.
The beach is accessible via a National Trust walking route between Beadnell and Low Newton.
Because it’s a moderate walk and there’s no parking on the beach itself, it’s still a quiet and peaceful place to visit.
St Aidan Dunes, Northumberland
This beach is walkable from Seahouses and the dunes are a perfect example of Northumberland dune habitat.
They are home to a multitude of nesting birds, small mammals and hundreds of insects attracted by the grasses and wildflowers.
The beach offerings offer lovely views of the Inner Farne Islands, and St Aidan’s Dunes are a hit with reviews on popular travel website TripAdvisor – currently enjoying a five-star rating from visitors.
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