This is a beach on which dogs are allowed. Provided that there are conscientious dog owners, it is a clean beach between Whitley Bay and Blyth. Backed by sand-dunes the beach itself is attractive with lovely golden sand, ideal for sand castles. Gently sloping sand into the (cold) North Sea. The view North towards Blyth is not pretty and the wind-turbines do not enhance it. There is a Tarmac path along the top of the dunes used by walkers, strollers and cyclists (some of whom seem to think they rule the world and despise you for daring to use "their" space to walk or stretch your legs, sitting on a bench). There is a conveniently placed car park at Seaton Sluice. If you are not very mobile steps enable you to get to the path/benches on top of the dunes from the car park. However, getting from there to the beach is not easy - you basically wade through sand dunes.
At the Southern end of the beach you have on-road parking close to two "ok" pubs, the Kings Arms (no juke box, no fruit machines) and the Waterford Arms. Both serve food and the Waterford Arms was known for its fish and chips under the previous owner. Across the main (coast) road is Gill's fish and chips which is WONDERFUL and worth a detour even without the beach. Eat in or better still take-out and eat overlooking the beach.
To round off the visit go to the the Crescent Cafe in nearby Seaton Delavel for superb home-made Italian ice-cream.
Be prepared to queue both at Gill's and the Crescent Cafe!
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