With the many different attractions available and something to please everyone, the North York Moors coastline really does have it all. From historic castles and Abbeys to family-friendly attractions and fab eateries there is something to please everyone.
We have put together our guide of how to spend 48 hours on the Yorkshire Coast with some of our favourite things to do and see.
Start your weekend away with a spot of romance – what could be more romantic than watching the sunset over Whitby harbour with that special someone by your side. You can even join some of the previous lovers who have attached padlocks to the railings to symbolise their love.
Head over to the Star Inn The Harbour – it’s the latest venture from renowned chef Andrew Pern (he also owns the Star Inn the Harbour) so is a top choice for a delicious evening meal. Alongside traditional fish and chips (it is Whitby!), you’ll find options such as locally caught lobster and Yorkshire game sausage.
Make the most of your day by waking up bright and early and heading out for a brisk (and very scenic) walk along the coast. One of my favourite pretty villages to visit along the North York Moors coastline is Sandsend where you’ll find the Wits End Cafe is a perfect spot to watch the world go by.
It’s right on the beach front (with a walled garden round the back) and you can get everything from coffee and a snack to a hearty meal (which you may well need after your brisk walk)!
Have your bucket and spade handy? Sandsend beach is an amazing stretch of glorious British beach which even has its own certificate of excellence! While here I recommend trying your hand at a spot of fossil hunting. This area of coastline is known as the dinosaur coast so who knows what treasures you could find buried in the sand.
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From Sandsend you can walk down to Whitby, where you can cool off with a Trillo’s Ice Cream (it’s made right here in the town). Take a stroll along past the trinket and antiquity shops where you can pick up Whitby Jet and local decorations such as Whitby Luck Ducks.
Be sure to get some locally made fudge and of course traditional Whitby rock (you can’t visit a British seaside resort without getting rock). If you’re feeling daring make sure to pop in to the Dracula experience for a fright or two (after all Whitby Abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula).
Of course no visit to Whitby is complete without a walk up the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey where you’ll get the best of the fab sea air. The historic Abbey is worth all those steps and you really will get one of the best views in town.
The fish and chips in Whitby are legendary and although I may be slightly biased the fresh locally caught fish really can’t be beaten. There’s numerous fish and chip shops to choose from but you can’t go wrong with the famous Magpie Cafe – the food is definitely worth waiting for!
Step back in time on Sunday with a relaxing day in Robin Hoods Bay. This traditional fishing village has one foot still firmly in the past which is all part of it’s charm. Explore the maze of streets and little alleyways and you’ll find cafes, shops and lots of traditional holiday cottages. The way the village is built down the side of the cliff makes it pretty unique and you can get some lovely views down to the seafront.
For a Sunday lunch with a sea view head to the Victoria Hotel where you can get a roast with all the trimmings (including homemade Yorkshire Pudding of course). You’ll be spoilt for choice of where to get a little tipple afterwards as there are several great pubs in the village including Ye Dolphin, The Laurel Inn and The Bay Hotel.
An event that is worth attending every December is the Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend. Locals and visitors alike dress up in Victorian clothing and host various Victorian style games on the beach including the intriguing ‘welly wanging’. Fun for all the family!
To end the weekend in style why not pay a visit to the spa at the nearby Raithwaite Estate. They offer a fabulous sparkling twilight session where you get a treatment, full access to spa facilities and a glass of prosecco. The estate includes acres of gorgeous gardens and a luxury 6-bedroom holiday home, The Lake House which is available through Gorgeous Cottages.
Gorgeous Cottages have a range of holiday homes on the Yorkshire Coast including pet-friendly, romantic and family-friendly options. Give the friendly team a call on 01642 264 237 to book your stay!