YorkshireNet Guide to the Yorkshire Coast

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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.

Robin Hoods Bay Beach huts in Whitby Staithes harbour Gannets at Bempton Cliffs
Cloughton near Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast
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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.

Little Pastures B&B Bed and Breakfast
Filey, East Yorkshire

This 5 acre award winning family run attraction was opened in 2008 and offers a mixture of exotic birds, animals and gardens. It's a great choice if you're looking for a fun place to visit with the children or a peaceful place to the spend the afternoon.

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park
Scarborough, Yorkshire

The North Bay Railway has been operating trains since 1931 and is one of the most historic seaside miniature railway in the United Kingdom. Offering a wide range of attractions including the Sky Trail, Boating Lake and Historic Water Chute.

North Bay Railway
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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.

Scarborough Sealife Centre
Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a ‘Mighty' Wurlitzer Organ in our spacious ballroom.

The Scarborough Fair Collection
Egton, North Yorkshire

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.

Egton, near Whitby Agricultural Show

Find Hinderwell Show near Runswick Bay on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Great family entertainment and fun with opportunities for people to show their shills and animals in 'friendly' competition. Held every year in August.

Hinderwell Horse and Agricultural Society Show
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

This is an Elizabethan Manor House built by Sir Henry Griffith in 1601-10 in the village of Burton Agnes. It has a notable art collection, a walled garden, a courtyard cafe and craft shops.

Burton Agnes Hall
Whitby, East Yorkshire

This beautiful public gardens with a local history museum and elegant sunken pool and themed gardens.

Pannett Park
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Sewerby Hall is a country house set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 2 miles from the seaside town of Bridlington.

Sewerby Hall & Gardens
Scarborough, Yorkshire

Learn about the 1000 year history of Stained Glass and the traditional production methods still used today. Browse in the showrooms, full of stained glass panels, lampshades, mirrors and gifts. Or take one of the Glass Craft classes.

The Stained Glass Centre
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Baylegate is a Grade I listed Building and scheduled Ancient Monument housing the Bayle Museum showcases Bridlington's history using interactive exhibits.

Bayle Gate & Bayle Museum
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Scarborough, Yorkshire

This historic and uniquely beautiful park is one of the UK's top parks. Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water. The park has been designed with an oriental theme and there is much evidence of this as you wander through its pathways.

Peasholm Park
Scarborough, Yorkshire

Playdale Farm Park is situated near Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast on the outskirts of the village of Cayton. Keep the children entertained with the huge indoor play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and the Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks which allow the children can see animals in a natural farm environment.

Playdale Farm Park
Bempton, East Yorkshire

Bempton Cliffs offer a great place to see, hear and smell seabirds. Between mid-Apr to mid-Jul the much-loved puffin makes its home here. From Feb to Oct thousands of gannets nest on the cliffs of the only mainland gannetry in England.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs
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