Sandhaven Beach has claimed the Sunday Times Beach of the Year title for 2022, with experts proclaiming the stretch of shore worthy of being dubbed the best in the UK.
The beach is much-loved for its beauty, with golden sands and blue sea stretching out the horizon, set against the dramatic natural backdrop of Trow Rocks and the Leas to the south, and the historic architecture of Tynemouth and beyond to the North.
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"Our natural assets are there for everyone to enjoy and we can sometimes overlook what is right on our doorstep and which sets us apart from other areas.”
It comes after Sandhaven Beach reclaimed its Blue Flag Award for 2022, and Cllr Dixon said providing a top seafront was a collective effort of which everyone involved could be proud.
“Creating beautiful spaces is a huge team effort,” she said.
"The council works in partnership with local businesses, friends’ groups, our residents, and visitors to ensure that the beach and our amenities are of the highest standard possible. I was delighted to see that the Sunday Times recognised our beaches as a true community asset, there for everyone to enjoy.”
Chief travel writer Chris Haslam selected entries for The Sunday Times 50 Best Beaches Guide from more than 800 beaches he visited around the UK’s coast for the The Sunday Times 50 Best Beaches Guide.
He said the guide highlights the ‘world-beating magnificence of the British seaside, and gives readers a description of the scenery and setting, as well as all the practical information needed to plan a beach day, including car parking, toilets, refreshments, shops and accommodation’.
"When the sun is shining, our beaches are the most beautiful on earth,” he said.
The Sunday Times annual best beaches guide is published today online at www.thetimes.co.uk/travel and is in print on Sunday, July 3.