North East tourist sites among top ‘dogging’ spots

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SEEDY strangers are using sites near to some of the North’s top tourist spots to go ‘dogging.’

Advocates of the kinky practice, which involves adventurous couples performing sex acts in cars or in secluded areas while others watch, have targeted popular family locations like St Mary’s Lighthouse, in North Tyneside, and Beamish, in County Durham.

But the activity falls through a legal loophole, as public sex is not an offence unless it is witnessed by someone who is “outraged” by what they see.

That “get out of jail” card means police forces and councils trying to crack down on the bawdy behaviour have had little success.

Among the scores of dogging sites spread across the North uncovered by the Sunday Sun some are in remarkable places.

That includes, according to one dogging website,, a play area in High Spen, Gateshead, where couples should “walk the dog for a few minutes on a Sunday morning for some no strings attached action.”

While on Teesside, raunchy ramblers are getting their kicks below the flight path of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

“The bottom of the west end of the runway and is often used by couples for sex sessions late at nights,” users of the sites suggest.

Another reputed site for the act is near to Beamish Museum where an online writer simply states to other doggers, “Beamish backroads loads of action.”

The popular Washington Wildfowl Park is also near to an alleged dogging site with nearby car parks described as “quiet areas where you don’t get disturbed.”