The North East may not be famed for its year-round sunshine, but it is home to a number of gorgeous sandy stretches ideal for those days when the sun does make an appearance. Situated in Tynemouth, a historic county borough in Tyne and Wear at the mouth of the River Tyne is Long Sands Beach.
What is there to do on Long Sands?
Whether you’re building sandcastles and splashing in the sea during the summer months, or bracing yourself for a windy, yet picturesque walk in the summer months, Long Sands is a beach that offers plenty to see and do.
The flat terrain of the beach makes it perfect for walks with the family and is even dog-friendly so an ideal spot for four-legged friends.
Water babies can head into the waters for a swim, and thrill-seekers can hop on their surfboard and attempt to ride the waves.
In fact, the North Sea conditions present such a good opportunity for surfers that the National Surfing Championships have been held at the beach in the past.
The sand dunes also offer a great spot for a more taxing walk, or a nice area to lay down a blanket and set up a picnic.
Meanwhile, stunning coastal views promise photo opportunities at every turn.
Along with the beach itself, Long Sands is also surrounded by activities ideal for all ages.
Adjacent to the beach is family fun ark Tynemouth park which is home to a boating lake, crazy golf and themed children’s play areas.
There is also a nearby aquarium and golf course.
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What restaurants, pubs and cafes are near Long Sands beach?
One of the great draws of Long Sands beach is its proximity to a diverse array of restaurants dotted along the beachfront and in Tynemouth town itself.
Riley’s Fish Shack, however, is perhaps one of its most famous ocean-themed restaurants.
The semi-portable shack is currently located just a little further along the coast, at King Edward’s Bay.
Serving fresh, locally sourced seafood, it’s an ideal place to stop and chow down on some elevated versions of the traditional fish and chips.
As opposed to your usual fish and chip offering, Riley’s craft items such as Baccalau fishcakes and crispy skin halibut with caper butter.
For those feeling a little more adventurous, the fish bar also serves up lobsters and oysters.
The restaurant was awarded the prestigious Good Food Award for 2020.
Are there any walks to and from Long Sands Beach?
Long Sands beach itself is popular with walkers who enjoy strolling from North to South.
For those who are looking for a slightly longer walk, a popular route is along the coast from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth.
Stretching approximately three miles, this walk promises plenty of gorgeous views to feed hungry eyes.
The walk starts from Whitley Sands and heads south to Cullercoats Bay, via Long Sands beach.
Walkers hoping to go further can continue on to Tynemouth Castle which dates back around 2,000 years.
What facilities are on Long Sands beach?
There are two main car parks situated near Long Sands Beach – Beaconsfield car park and Sea Banks car park.
Long Sands South is also a ten-minute walk from both Cullercoats Metro station and Tynemouth Metro station.
There are toilets situated both at the north and south ends of the beach.
Is Long Sands beach dog-friendly?
The whole beach is open for dogs to enjoy from October 1 until the end of April.
In the summer months, however, dogs must stick to the middle section of the beach to the north end.
Both ends of the beach are accessible thanks to ramps.