Roker Beach | Sunderland | Tyne & Wear

After visiting Doggie Diner in Sunderland we spontaneously headed to the coast and ended up on Roker Beach where we enjoyed a lovely morning stroll while Elsa made a new friend…

We were pleased to see that there were plenty of dogs on the beach when we arrived. Restrictions come into force between May and September, so luckily we didn’t have to worry about where to take Elsa as it was still April.

The car park runs parallel to the beach and it was easy to find a space when we got there. Elsa could sense that we were somewhere good and couldn’t wait to get her paws on the beautiful soft sand!

Elsa goes absolutely crazy for sand and Roker Beach was no exception. It’s such a joy to see her excitement and delight as she pounces around!

We were very lucky with the weather, it was quite a nice day but rained non-stop the following day!

The pier was closed off to pedestrians when we visited which was a shame as we’d have liked to have walked Elsa along it.

We explored the ‘Marine Walk’, an area that has been regenerated in the past few years. There are lots of new cafés and restaurants on the seafront including a fish & chip shop and ice cream huts.

There are also lots of good photo opportunities on the Marine Walk…

The sign below shows where dogs are not allowed between May and September. It’s only a small section of the beach and wouldn’t bother us at all if we visited again. We actually preferred the area that is closest to the pier on the far right of the beach anyway! As you can see, that side welcomes dogs all year round.

As we headed back to the car even more dogs seemed to appear!

The highlight of our visit was when Elsa met this handsome Corgi named Buddy…

Elsa and Buddy were instantly friends and enjoyed chasing each other around on the lovely soft sand.

As the dogs played we enjoyed chatting to Buddy’s owner who gave us a few tips about dog friendly places in Scotland.

Sadly, Elsa and Buddy’s blossoming holiday romance was cut short when we had to part ways…

Although it was only a quick visit, we had such a lovely time on this beautiful beach!

It is definitely one of our favourite beaches so far: just the right size, close to the car park, a nice promenade along the seafront, refreshments available and lots of other dogs!

Roker Beach

Marine Walk, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 9LX


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