PARKING CHARGES WILL APPLY FROM 9th JANUARY 2024

Longhoughton Beach Car Park

Longhoughton Beach, Sugar Sands, Howdiemont Sands are all names used for this lovely beach area. It has become ever more popular and there are regular articles and reviews in the press or online. Please come and enjoy this wonderful space and help us look after it.

If it is your first visit to Longhoughton Beach, it is quite easy to find. Drive through Longhoughton and look for the Church. Roughly opposite the church look for Crowlea Road. Turn down Crowlea Road and head slowly (20mph) for half a mile, go past several cottages and you will come to a farm with a white gate which is likely to be closed. Open the gate, drive through and close the gate behind you. Follow the road a further half a mile and you will be at Longhoughton Beach. Please remember to pay online or via the telephone before midnight on the day of your visit, the instructions are clearly displayed at the car park.

It has appeared in numerous press articles as an idyllic location and is now very much a local destination.

Interested in joining the team to help look after the beach and car park? – Then contact us using the Contact Us Form on this website.

Why have we started charging for the Car Park?

As the area has become more popular it has become more challenging to manage. To pay for this there is a charge for parking in the car park. We need to look after the parking area and protect the headlands and beach while making the road down to the beach a safe place for all users.

To achieve this the Parish Council, AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) team, the Farmers and Landowners have all met to look at what can be done. The land is owned by Howick Trustees Ltd, a registered charity, who own and run Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum. The land is grazed by Lowsteads farm which helps maintain the biodiversity.

By charging for parking we can pay for staff to open and close the carpark, making sure the site is clear each day, as well as maintaining the infrastructure. Any surplus income will be used for local charitable endeavours (in line with Howick Trustees Charitable objectives of Heritage, Environment and Education) and details of these will be published annually. 

How the Car Park will operate.

Each day the gate into the carpark will be unlocked at 0800 (or sunrise whichever is later) and be locked at 1800 (or sunset whichever is earlier).

There is an all-day charge for parking in the car park for longer than 30 minutes. So those wanting to drop off can do so.

Entrance and exit to and from the carpark will be recorded by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). Payment for parking (All Day / 7 Day Pass) can be done at the time via an App (RingoGo) or at any point on the same day until midnight by telephone 020 3046 0060 and quoting location 34848. Failure to pay for parking will incur a penalty charge from the Car Park operator. 

Annual Passes are available in addition with a discounted rate for Blue Badge holders – these can be applied for in advance via ZATPERMIT

Parking Fees 2024

Opening Times : 8:00am or Sunrise whichever is later – 6:00pm or Sunset whichever is sooner.

Daily Parking Tariff Fees
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Car / Van
£3.30
Motor Home / Horsebox
£8.00
Motorcycle
£3.30
Weekly (7 Days) Parking Tariff Fees
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Car / Van
£9.80
Motor Home / Horsebox
N/A
Motorcycle
£9.80
Contract Parking / Annual Pass
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Car / Van
£25.00
Motor Home / Horsebox
£75.00
Blue Badge Holder
£15.00

The dunes running from Burnmouth south are part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and need to be managed and preserved.

Supporting the Environment and Sustainable Agriculture

The dunes running from Burnmouth south are part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and need to be managed and preserved. The site is owned by Howick Trustees Ltd, the charity which owns and runs Howick Gardens and Arboretum. The Forsyths graze their cattle on the dunes for periods of the year to maintain the biodiversity.