Picture: Flickr/Graeme Darbyshire
From a coastal heritage trail walk to award-wining sands, here are some of the best beaches within an hour of Sunderland.
This walking path traces the line of the historic coast with its wild cliffs and dunes. This blue flag, award-winning beach is known for its mile long stretch of golden sand, making it a popular place on sunny days. The industrial past of this beach can be seen in the long derelict remains of Steetley Pier. This sandy and rocky beach stretches for about a mile beyond north of the harbour. Look out for the sculpture of a First World War soldier, known locally as "Tommy". This flat, sandy beach is located just under a mile north of Sunderland and is popular for surfing and water sports. The promenade runs alongside the beach towards Roker. Discover the dramatic cliffs, bays and caves at this popular South Shields beach. This Blue Flag award-winning beach overlooks St Marys Lighthouse, and is popular with walkers and sun seekers on a hot day. This small sandy bay is found at the foot of Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Also known as Whitburn South, Roker Beach is wide and sandy, with rocks to the north and south, a boating lake, display gardens and a model railway. The long, golden stretch of beach is home to sand dunes which are a designated area of Special Nature Conservation.