What better way to celebrate Yorkshire Day than a listicle of the best beaches in God’s own country? With the current heatwave there’s never been a better time to take a weekend trip to the coast for some sand, sun and good ol’ fish & chips.
With a wide selection of beaches, Yorkshire has something for everyone – from bustling seaside towns to more serene coastal hideaways.
Located between the popular towns of Bridlington and Scarborough lies Filey, a sleepy seaside town. Many a school trip was had at Filey for Yorkshire school kids, and it holds fond memories for most. There hasn’t been too much change to Filey over the years so you can still enjoy that old town feel whilst grabbing some fish & chips after a long stroll by the beach. Filey is a popular location with families as there’s a lido/paddling pool just a short walk away from the beach for those little ones that aren’t so confident in the sea.
Whitby isn’t all about its famous feature in Bram Stoker’s Dracula or the Goth Weekends it plays host to, it’s also a beautiful coastal town. The beach is blue flag accredited and the town is a great mix of history and culture. If the beach gets too much you can check out the places which inspired Bram Stoker or head to West Cliff to seek out the colourful huts which line the street – and grab an ice cream whilst you’re there.
Although the beach at Staithes is quite small, the local village more than makes up for it. The picturesque fishing village is packed full of quaint houses on higgledy piggledy streets – think a Yorkshire version of Santorini. Once you've wandered around the village, you can head to the beach for rock pooling, crabbing or fossil hunting.
Scarborough is one of the most popular seaside towns in Yorkshire, so if you’re looking for the ultimate UK seaside experience then head here. Visit South Bay if you want a day packed with arcades, ice creams and sand. If a quieter day is what you had in mind, North Bay offers a more relaxed setting.
Saltburn is a popular historical town which dates back to Victorian times, where you can swim, surf and stuff your face with yummy fish & chips. There’s the Valley Gardens to visit, which are serviced via the miniature railway, so it’s not all just fun in the sand.
Will you be visiting a great Yorkshire beach this summer?