Top Dog-Friendly Beaches in County Durham

28 Jun 2022

When it comes to enjoying a perfect staycation, bringing four-legged friends along is essential for many families looking for to purchase a holiday home in County Durham. Luckily there are many beautiful, dog-friendly beaches in the county to enjoy with your pets.

Bringing your dog to the beach is one of life’s little pleasures. Seeing their sandy noses, adorably soggy footprints, and happy tongues hanging out is all part of the family summer experience that makes memories to last a lifetime.

If you are considering looking for holiday homes in County Durham or are simply after a stay at a five-star caravan park, look no further than Newbus Grange country park situated just outside Darlington.

Surrounded by stunning beaches far and wide, there are plenty of opportunities to get your furry friends’ tails wagging. Here are the top dog-friendly beaches in County Durham.


A pleasant sandy beach with two car parks available close by, Seaham Beach is backed by a promenade with the marina, shops, and other attractions to enjoy. During the months, the beach can get busy so it’s best to make it down early if you can!

Seaham Beach is the best place to visit for smooth, multi-coloured sea glass. Beachcombers may also find stones, fossils and shells on the shores if they look hard enough.

There is also a spacious picnic area, should you want to bring your own homemade sandwiches or grab some traditional fish ‘n’ chips wrapped in newspaper to enjoy as you watch the world go by.


What used to be a depressing industrial landscape 40 years ago is now a pleasant stretch of North Sea coast. Since this time, millions of pounds has been spent to clean up the beach and come away from Blackhall’s industrial past.

It is now a fantastic place to take your pooch for a game of fetch or a slow walk to take in the fresh ocean air.


This small but inviting beach lies on the Durham Heritage Coast, roughly midway between Sunderland and Hartlepool. Backed by beautiful cliffs and sand dunes, you will find eye-catching views along the rocky coastline towards the North Sea.

With the England Coastal Path running close by, you can also discover a wealth of worthwhile walks. Fishing is also a popular activity in these parts, so bring your canine companion with you for some company as you angle some sealife!

Crimdon Park

Just north of Hartlepool, this long and pleasant stretch of sandy beach is naturally quiet and beautiful on the eye, which makes it a perfect spot to walk the dog and enjoy some fresh air.

Crimdon Park Beach is named after the caravan parks that it backs on to. However these are largely out of sight from the beach itself, sitting on the cliff tops at the northern end.

Looking to explore County Durham this summer? Check out our collection of holiday homes for sale.

Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who will be happy to help you plan your summer getaway.

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