Rocky coves, towering cliffs and glorious beaches, many with the coveted Seaside and/or Blue Flag awards. Marvellous resorts or tiny fishing ports. Non-stop family fun or windswept, waveswept solitude. That’s the choice on the Yorkshire Coast.
A rugged coastline with a backdrop of the North York Moors National Park is the setting for the Yorkshire Coast’s resorts and fishing villages. This is a coastline of high cliffs and rocky shores, rich in flowers and wildlife. Follow the cliff top path for over 30 miles along the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast or visit one of the coastal resorts or villages.
For bustling and buzzing atmosphere, try Scarborough, a major resort packed with action and catering for the whole family. Between the safe, sandy beaches of the North and South Bays is the harbour where the fishing boats still land their catch, overlooked by Scarborough’s medieval castle. Traditional seaside attractions and a busy shopping centre add to Scarborough’s appeal. Its parks and gardens help attract conferences and events to its Spa complex.
The picturesque fishing port of Whitby is little changed since the days of its famous son, Captain Cook. The eerie drama of clifftop Whitby Abbey inspired the writing of ‘Dracula’. Stroll through Whitby’s quaint cobbled streets past picturesque houses overlooking the River Esk or inspect jewellery made from Whitby Jet, a dark black fossil mineral found here.
North of Whitby is Staithes, a quiet little fishing village at the bottom of a steep ravine.
Steps and narrow alleyways wind through picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay down to the slipway at the bottom of a steep ravine. For over 500 years fishing boats have been based here, with whole families working on some part of the baiting, catching, and salting process in the heyday of the fishing industry. At low tide rocks dating back to the Jurassic period are exposed, and fossils are regularly found. The local museum and the new visitor centre have examples.
The small resort of Filey has been a family favourite since Edwardian times. This unspoilt town, with five miles of golden beach in the lee of Filey Brigg headland, has an interesting range of shops and a Folk Museum well worth a visit. Filey’s Edwardian Festival in June recreates the flavour of the period.
Picturesque country towns, historic houses, and the superb landscapes of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds are within easy touring distance of the coast. Bridlington lies on Yorkshire's east coast just south of the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. Bridlington boasts wonderful beaches, two 18 hole golf courses, a colourful harbour and pleasant promenades. The revitalised Spa Bridlington offers great entertainment and Bridlington Old Town makes a fascinating place to explore with its ancient narrow streets and Georgian Tea Rooms.
Sport and the seaside go together and sailing, golf, bowls and angling are just some of the Yorkshire choices. The Yorkshire coastal year is bright with fairs and festivals such as Scarborough Fair, Whitby Folk Festival, and Filey Edwardian Festival.
Classic sporting events include Filey Fishing Festival, Scarborough Cricket Festival and Motorcycle racing at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount. For gentler pursuits the Cleveland Way National Trail offers spectacular walks along the clifftops.
National Winner of the Self-Catering Holiday of the Year Award, these luxury cottages are on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and close to historic York. Superb indoor heated swimming pool and children's adventure playground.
Magpie Cottage is delightful cottage close to the Yorkshire Coast's Runswick Bay, Sandsend Beach and the picturesque fishing village of Staithes, with historic Whitby is just 6 miles away. It offers single floor accommodation which has been recently refurbished and is disabled friendly.
Little Pastures a smallholding set in 8 acres of lovely North Moors National Park with panoramic sea views such as the view shown. It is ideally situated for walking, cycling and close to the A171 for visiting the resorts, attractions and villages of the Yorkshire Coast an North York Moors.
Haybarn is a magnificent two storey property with both character and space on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and close to historic York. Superb indoor heated swimming pool and children's adventure playground. Hire all 9 Wrea Head Cottages for group accommodation for 40 people.
Situated on the outskirts of Scarborough, Irton Manor is the perfect country house rental, with 6 spacious bedrooms. The property is very convenient to the town, beaches and moors with heated indoor swimming pool, golf, tennis, woodland walks, riding and more all on the estate to enjoy.
Set only 2 miles from the Yorkshire Heritage Coast, these luxury cottages are on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and close to historic York. Superb indoor heated swimming pool and children's adventure playground. Hire all 9 Wrea Head Cottages for group accommodation for 40 people.
Located on Scarborough's North Bay, within 3 iconic triangular buildings, SEA LIFE Scarborough offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. Enjoy a hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about underwater creatures.
Egton Show, on the Yorkshire Coast, is one of the largest village shows in the country. Come and celebrate country pursuits from wrought iron and farrier displays to goat, ferret, bee keeping, produce and handicraft and the children's sections. Held every year at the end of August.
Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards, this 17th Century house belonged to Cook's master, John Walker, and is where the young Cook and his fellow apprentices lodged. The house is now a museum celebrating Cook's years in Whitby and later career.