Yet another virtue of Yorkshire’s seaside is the many stunning coastal walks that are on offer. You can stretch your legs for miles along the rugged cliffs while enjoying majestic views over the bays, beaches, and coastline. Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay is just one of many great coastal walks to choose from, starting at the craggy heights of Ravenscar town as you work your way along the Cleveland Way National Trail that combines the beautiful North York Moors with the finest cliff top views. Whether you are starting at Whitby or Bempton Cliffs, Runswick or Staithes, Yorkshire’s coastal walks are a great accompaniment to the area’s lovely beaches. It never hurts to get a bit of exercise between ice creams and sandcastles!
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They are full of surprises
For the uninitiated, beaches in the north of England might not rouse too much excitement but for those in the know, they are well aware of the delights in store. The unexpected nature of Yorkshire beaches allows these brilliant locations to truly impress, bringing that wow factor to all who visit. The surprise element of the beaches here is something that travel blogger Helena Bradbury pointed out when speaking to us:
“For me, Yorkshire beaches are something special because they’re unexpected. People don’t really associate great beaches with the UK, especially not beaches in the north. But whether you’re looking for a romantic Robin Hood’s Bay getaway or a family trip to Filey, there are beautiful sandy beaches and they’re right alongside lovely seaside towns too. Visiting these coastal locations in Yorkshire is a reminder that you don’t need to get on a plane and travel to the Mediterranean for your dose of beaches, sunshine, history and adventure when it’s right here on our doorstep.”
Surfers will be in their element
Surfers needn’t feel left out during a trip to Yorkshire’s coast, with the beaches offering some excellent surfing opportunities, with great waves and a dramatic backdrop. With a long stretch of coast and its natural geology, Yorkshire beaches lend themselves to some pretty amazing surfing conditions. Surfers will have plenty of choice while being able to avoid the crowds if desired.
Speaking to us about the delights of surfing off the Yorkshire coast, the team at Scarborough Surf School said: “The surfing in Yorkshire, whilst cold and sometimes grey, offers some of the best waves in the UK. With breathtaking beaches and the rugged natural coastline, there are many options to explore and surf really good waves in most conditions.
“Scarborough is ideally situated with the busier beaches like North and South bays, whilst the southern beaches at Cayton Bay offer unrivalled natural beauty with long golden beaches and cliffs to the south. Popular in all months, we offer surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and coasteering sessions from our clifftop location.”
Reasons to visit Yorkshire beaches
- There’s incredible choice available
- The scenery is amazing
- The beachside towns and villages are a treat
- The coastal walks are stunning
- They are full of surprises
- Surfers will be in their element
As you can see, Yorkshire’s beach scene has plenty to offer. We hope you will consider visiting some of the county’s amazing seaside locations in the future and enjoy all of what this wonderful part of the UK has in store.
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