All the years I've lived here and I've missed a really good one. Apart from longer trips up or down the coast, we like to have a few that can be reached in maybe, half an hour, just for a breath of sea air. From Durham, we've gone to Sunderland, South Shields, Seaham, Crimdon and the Headland at Hartlepool, but missed out the North Shore at Hartlepool. Went there today, just before the Headland, turn left till you reach the seafront, then left again and park. There's a lovely stretch of white sand going all the way to Crimdon, so potentially, you could do a round trip of close to 10 miles...... and it was virtually deserted!