Lovely Long Sands

15th October, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

Tynemouth is my home village, I live just five minutes walk away from the seaside and I love it! The beaches are clean, well looked after and a haven for surfers, picnickers, dog walkers and just anyone who loves beach walks and looking at the sea, in any weather or at any time of year. Tynemouth Long Sands is the nearest and I mostly choose to walk the slightly longer route to the village via the coast, so I can soak up the atmosphere and recharge my batteries.

Lately, surfing has become a very popular activity in our area because, I think, of the great surf that is often present and perfect for surfing. A common sight is to see is budding surfers having lessons on the beach with their colourful surfboards.

Crusoe’s is a lovely café at one end of the beach and a branch is currently being built for the other end of the beach. Crusoe’s is a magnet for people searching for breakfast, ice-cream, coffee and cake etc and it can be booked for special occasions; being down on the beach makes it a lovely venue. Toilets are available too.

Life Guards patrol the beach in an effort to keep everyone safe and there are strict rules and regulations on when and where dogs can be exercised on the beach.

There are two large hotels nearby, the best being The Grand Hotel and there is also The Park Hotel and there are loads of small B & B’s around the area for holiday-makers.

Meeting up for breakfast is the latest ‘in thing’ that my friends in the area like doing, and there are many places which serve filling and delicious breakfasts. My friends and I love to meet at Crusoe’s for breakfast but there is also Tynemouth Lake close to the beach and breakfasts are good there too. Tynemouth village, 15 minutes walk away, has a host of cafes and pubs which also serve great food.

I feel very lucky to have such easy access to such a great beach and it is just one of many in the area. Easily accessible via Cullercoats Metro Station and a slightly longer walk from Tynemouth Metro Station; it is a great day out for those who live further inland.

By Lesley Tan

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