Where are the best beaches in Yorkshire? We consulted with thebeachguide.co.uk to find out the top 5 beaches in Yorkshire. From enjoying breath-taking views of unspoilt coastline to exploring vibrant towns and villages with character, a visit to the Yorkshire Coast is full of surprises.
- Filey Beach – The traditional seaside resort of Filey is much less commercial than some of its neighbours. Making this an ideal location for families or anyone looking for a fine stretch of sand for walks, playing or simply relaxing by the sea.
- Scarborough Beach (South Bay) – Scarborough is without a doubt one the UK’s most popular resorts. Its not hard to see why, what ever your idea of a good day out is, you’re going to find it in Scarborough. Backed by cafes, ice-cream parlours, shops and amusements Scarborough provides what you would expect from a traditional seaside resort.
- Saltburn – A seaside resort with rich heritage dating back to the Victorian heyday. In addition to the pier is Saltburn’s cliff tramway. Built to allow delicate Victorian ladies to descend the cliff to their awaiting bathing machines below. The lift is still in operation today. A sand and shingle affair Saltburn beach is home to one of the best surf spots along the North Sea. Facing directly North it picks up more swell than neighbouring spots.
- Whitby Beach – With two beaches either side of the River Esk, Whitby clearly has something for everyone. The smaller Tate Hill on the East Side is a sheltered sandy beach that allows dogs all year round. On the other side of West Pier is West Cliff. West Cliff is a typical ‘bucket & spade’ location, stretching for two miles. The beach is flat making it ideal for families to enjoy a day building sandcastle. With donkey rides, beach huts and windbreaks West Cliff is the ideal fun resort.
- Robin Hood’s Bay – A haven for photographers, the bay is famed for its powerful, natural beauty. With craggy cliffs and sweeping views around the bay, this is a popular destination for day visitors and dog walkers alike. Located on the Dinosaur Coast, at low tide the cliffs and rock pools are popular with fossil hunters.
Barmston & Tunstall Beach
Alternatively head to Barmston and Tunstall beaches for a more remote quieter experience. Just 2km from Bridlington you will find this long sandy beach. Its remote location means it is often frequented by families holidaying on the neighbouring caravan park. Barmston was awarded a Blue Flag but has since had this removed due to the coastal erosion making access difficult. Further down the coast is Tunstall Beach. Tunstall is a shingle and pebble beach backed by low cliffs, located in front of Sand Le Mere Holiday Park this beach is ideal for families to explore. During low tide you may be able to see the remains of an ancient submerged forest.