DID you know that the Queen owns a vast swathe of beaches in the North East and North Yorkshire?

In fact, The Crown Estate controls about 45 per cent of England's foreshore.

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The parts not under the control of the Crown are owned or leased by organisations including the National Trust, local councils, Ministry of Defence and private individuals.

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And as the Queen’s Jubilee approaches and the country celebrates all things Royal, we took a look at the Crown Estate Foreshore and Estuary Map to find out exactly which beaches in our region are controlled by the Monarch.

It may come as a surprise to some, but not only does the Crown own tourist hotspot beaches such as Robin Hood’s Bay, Seaton Carew and Blackhall Rocks, it also owns two of the region’s major rivers; the Tees and Wear.

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There are however some notable beaches along our coastline not under the control of the Crown.

These include Marske, Redcar, Whitby beach north of the harbour wall and Scarborough’s North and South Bays.

The ownership of oil and gas on land and at sea rests with the Crown, but since 1934 the job of exploiting it, by setting royalties and assigning drilling rights, has rested with the government.

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However, the Crown Estate can generate money from leasing out foreshore to wind turbine firms and in 2021 it held its first auction of seabed plots for windfarm turbines in a decade.

Here is a list of the beaches and foreshore in our region owned by The Queen

County Durham and Teesside

North of Horden to the south of Seaham including Easington Colliery

Ryhope up to Hendon

The River Wear

Part of Sunderland beach up to the south of South Shields

North Seaton

The Tees river mouth

The River Tees

From The Tees mouth to Horden, including Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Blackhall Colliery, Blackhall Rocks and The Headland at Hartlepool

North Yorkshire

Scarborough north of the harbour around the headland of Scarborough Castle Ravenscar right up to the south side of Whitby up to the Abbey headland, including Robin Hood’s Bay and Saltwick Bay

Raithwaite up to Easington, including Sandsend, Runswick, Port Mulgrave and Staithes Brotton coastline a few miles north of Skinningrove and stopping before Saltburn pier

The Northern Echo: The areas in purple are under the control of the Crown Picture: Crown Estate Foreshore and Estuary Map The areas in purple are under the control of the Crown Picture: Crown Estate Foreshore and Estuary Map

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