The first thing you notice about Tynemouth’s beaches is how clean they are. The minute your dog delivers an unexpected “parcel” that ruins the view, at least two fellow walkers will approach you, proffering bags to clean it up.

The village, which sits, as the name suggests, on the mouth of the Tyne river in northeast England, is serious about the pristine condition of its beaches and bays. Residents and visitors take part in regular group and individual — or two-minute  — beach clean-ups.

Tynemouth’s dedication to a litter-free coastline hasn’t gone unnoticed.