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With over 90 miles of coastline, boasting rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wild moorlands, and quaint seaside towns, it’s no wonder the Yorkshire coast is visited by thousands of people each year!
The Yorkshire coast is not only one of the most scenic but it is also full of history, it was the first place to have a seaside resort in Britain, the town of Whitby is historically famous for the story of Count Dracula, the famous Captain James Cook made his home here, and it’s where the UK’s longest steam-operated railway was built.
With such a big choice of places to visit along the large coastline, we thought we would put together a short guide to help you choose your next destination for when you next head to the Yorkshire coast.
Whitby is one of the most famous coastal towns in Yorkshire, known by many to be a place that inspired Bram Stoker’s book ‘Dracula’, and for the famous Captain James Cook. With its rich history and culture, famous fish & chips, quaint cobbled streets with lots of lovely shops and real ale pubs, and the famous Whitby Abbey, it’s not hard to see why many people head to Whitby year in and year out.
This picturesque little fishing village couldn’t feel more Yorkshire with its winding streets and cute cottages. It is the perfect coastal spot for those looking for a quieter place to enjoy the coast, as well as for artists looking for somewhere to create their next beautiful masterpiece.
Running 109 miles from inland Yorkshire to the Yorkshire coast and ending at Saltburn-by-the-sea, the Cleveland way is a stunningly scenic and historical trail, perfect for walkers of all abilities. Some sightseeing spots to head to on the trail are; the Rievaulx Abbey, The White Horse at Kilburn, and the Captain Cook Monument. The trail also has some of the highest cliffs in the UK with the highest point sitting 1,300 feet above sea level.
One of the prettiest coastal destinations in Yorkshire, Runswick Bay is a sheltered bay with charming red-roofed cottages and a beautiful, sandy, sweeping beach. It is perfect for rock pooling, fossil finding, and coastal walks where you can admire the stunning coastal views.
Saltburn is a charming coastal town that features the oldest cliff lift in England. The lift which was built in 1884 transports people down the cliff to Saltburn’s 600 foot Victorian Pier. The pier is the only grade II pleasure pier remaining on the northeast coast. The Town of Saltburn itself also has plenty to do including the chance to explore the maze-like valley gardens and all its beautiful Victorian buildings too.
With its small coastal village, rugged white cliffs, blue seas, and varied wildlife Flamborough is an outdoor lovers paradise! Flamborough is home to a large scenic nature reserve with a variety of wildlife such as puffins, gulls, butterflies, and uncommon moths. There are also two ancient lighthouses one of which is still active and where tours can be prebooked.
Robin Hoods Bay
Robins Hood Bay is a charming and idyllic seaside town with a bit of a history! It was once, many moons ago, a hot spot for smugglers who wanted to trade items such as gin, tea, or french lace on the black market. The town is made up of windy, cobbled streets, and quaint houses, with plenty of things for visitors to do including its own smuggler’s tour.
A 3.5 mile long Nature Reserve, Spurn Point is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and lies on a stretch of the coast known as the dinosaur coast, making it a popular spot for fossil hunters. The point curves between the north sea and the Humber estuary and is home to a multitude of wildlife including a variety of birds, insects, and Roe Deer. The reserve is great for those who like scenic walks, bike rides, or bird spotting, and there is also a 4×4 guided tour available for those who prebook.
Planning a Yorkshire break?
If you are looking for accommodation that can offer you access not only to the beautiful and historical city of York but is also based just an hour’s drive from the coast why not check out our holiday cottage sites.
Murton Grange Holiday Cottages, York. www.murtongrange.co.uk
Villa Farm Holiday Cottages & Wedding Venue, York. www.villa-farm.com