There is nothing like breathing in some refreshing sea air for revitalising even the weariest of souls and the Yorkshire Coast with its miles of gorgeous coastline is the perfect place to do this. There is lots to explore with everything from traditional seaside attractions to sleepy fishing villages.
Here’s our guide to just some of what the Yorkshire Coast has to offer…
Whitby is a firm favourite with many families and is a seaside town that is steeped in tradition and history. Not only was Whitby one of the inspirations for Bram Stoker’s Dracula but it was once home to one of Britain’s greatest explorers – Captain James Cook.
It is still a busy fishing port and no trip is complete without sampling the fabulously fresh fish from one of Whitby’s many Fish and Chip shops. Whether you choose to dine at a restaurant or eat from paper on the sea front, you’re in for a treat.
Whitby is also home to many quaint shops and galleries and you’ll find Whitby Jet Jewellery (a unique black gemstone originating from the area), souvenir sweets and beautiful landscape pictures down its cobbled streets. Try and pay a visit to Whitby Glass who have recently celebrated 50 years producing Lucky Ducks – each one is made by hand and they are a Whitby institution.
We recommend taking a boat trip from the harbour and then paying a visit to Whitby Abbey, a Benedictine monastery which was built in the 7th century. Positioned at the top of East Cliffe there are 199 steps to reach the abbey but the view from the top makes it worth the effort.
Down the coast from Whitby you’ll find Scarborough, a traditional British seaside town that offers lots of fun for the whole family.
If the sun is shining then grab your bucket and spade and head to the beach. South Bay Beach is a great sun trap which is close to the shops and amusement arcades of the town centre. You’ll get fine soft sand and fabulous rock pools to explore at low tide. North Bay Beach has a blue flag for cleanliness and its own beach showers. A chalet lined promenade will take you to the nearby Sealife Centre.
We also recommend visiting the beautiful Peasholme Park which is great for little ones. While there you can hire a boat and take a trip round the tranquil lake, try your luck on the putting green or catch the miniature steam North Bay Railway that will take you to on a one mile trip to Scalby Mills station and provides great views of the area.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin’s Hood’s Bay is a beautiful fishing cove just 5 miles down the road from Whitby. Nestled down a cliff we recommend starting at the top to get some spectacular views of the area. From here you can meander down the pretty side streets and alleys and you’ll end up at a peaceful beach where you may even find a fossil or two.
It is just one of the many picturesque villages you can discover by taking a drive, bike ride or walk along the Yorkshire Coast. Staithes and Runswick Bay are just a couple of our other favourites but there are many more hamlets, coves and retreats dotted along the coast just waiting for you to explore. Look out for character cottages, cliff walks and views that have inspired artists through the ages.
With so much on offer you’ll want to come back time after time to see everything that the Yorkshire Coast has to offer. Let us know what hidden treasures you discover! And if this has sparked your interest in this stunning part of the world you can discover more about it here… Yorkshire Coast
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