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With airport chaos across the country and flight cancellations threatening holidaymakers’ travel plans all over the place, a staycation could also be an excellent alternative this summer. The most effective UK beach to go to has been named by The Sunday Times.

Sandhaven in South Shields has been crowned as best beach of the 12 months in 2022.

The attractive spot is a mile long and sits on the sting of a post-industrial community.

But what makes it the most effective within the UK?

The idyllic space hasn’t been taken up by those that have purchased a second home.

It is usually not widely known by tourists, making it a tranquil spot.

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The South Shields beach was proclaimed the most effective the UK has to supply for its natural beauty and sustainability.

Its management have also made conscious efforts to keep up the sands as a community asset.

Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside council, expressed her delight that Sandhaven was named the highest UK beach.

She referred to the beach as an actual asset to the community, in conversation with The Sunday Times.

The success of the beach is a results of the collective effort of the council, local businesses, residents and visitors.


UK’s best beaches


1. Regional winner: Big Sand, Highland

2. Yellowcraig, East Lothian

3. Sanna, Highland

4. Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway

5. Vestey’s, Highland

6. Farr Bay, Highland

7. Embo, Highland

8. Roseisle, Moray

9. Lunan Bay, Angus

North of England

1. Beach of the 12 months: Sandhaven, South Shields

2. Howdiemont Sands, Northumberland

3. Newton Steads and Football Hole, Northumberland

4. St Aidan’s Dunes, Northumberland

5. Whitby West, North Yorkshire

6. Cornelian Bay, North Yorkshire

7. Redcar Coatham, North Yorkshire

8. Blackpool Central, Lancashire


1. Regional winner: Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

2. Traeth Penllech, Gwynedd

3. Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

4. Barmouth, Gwynedd

5. Cwmtydu, Ceredigion

6. Llangrannog, Ceredigion

7. Penbryn, Ceredigion

8. Newgale, Pembrokeshire

9. Skrinkle Haven, Pembrokeshire

South West of England

1. Regional winner: Perranporth, Cornwall

2. Watergate Bay, Cornwall

3. Sandymouth, Cornwall

4. Godrevy Rocks, Cornwall

5. Kennack Sands, Cornwall

6. Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

7. Beer, Devon

8. West Bay, Dorset

9. Weymouth, Dorset

South East of England

1. Regional winner: Dymchurch, Kent

2. Stone Bay, Kent

3. Mudeford Sandbank, Dorset

4. Pagham, West Sussex

5. Tide Mills, East Sussex

6. Birling Gap, East Sussex

7. Camber Sands, East Sussex

East of England

1. Regional winner: Old Hunstanton, Norfolk

2. Dunwich, Suffolk

3. Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

4. Brancaster, Norfolk

5. Happisburgh, Norfolk

6. Sea Palling, Norfolk

7. Southwold Denes, Suffolk

8. Felixstowe North, Suffolk

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