From the rich maritime heritage of Whitby and Hull to the award-winning beaches of Scarborough and Bridleton to the fascinating wildlife at Ravenscar and Flamborough, the Yorkshire Coast’s craggy coastline has something for everyone. Robin Hood’s Bay is also the end point for Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast trail that starts at St Bee’s in Cumbria, takes in three national parks and covers 190 miles.
With its looming gothic Abbey ruins that inspired tales of horror and Captain Cook museum, Whitby is a must-visit for history buffs. Whereas Robin Hood’s Bay, with its fascinating beachfront tunnel and steep cobbled streets, has its own stories of smuggling and wayward spirits to tell. Both offer an array of eateries to suit all tastes, from old fashioned fish and chips out of the paper on Whitby prom to a cosy and delicious meal for two in a modern bistro like Bramblewick Fish & Grill on the Bay’s dockside.
For a more traditional seaside retreat, venture to Scarborough’s well-renowned bays. Here you’ll find the usual coastal treasures including: seafood stalls and beach huts; a rugged headland that has a 12th century castle; and piers that offer good fishing as well as traditional kiss-me-quick amusements. Grab an ice cream and take a ride on the North Bay Railway to explore natural wonders at the Rotunda Museum of coastal geology or Scarborough’s SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Equally, Bridlington has the sandy beaches and award-winning promenade that family holidays are made of – donkey ride anyone? Take the Old Town Trail inland and you’re in for the delight of traditional inns, tearooms and chippies to warm the cockles of your heart.
For those yearning for a little more creature comfort, the cliffs of Flamborough and nearby Bempton are a Mecca for bird watchers with gannets, guillemots and puffins aplenty from April to July. Either stroll above and look down on the flocks with your binoculars or take a boat trip to see them flying seaward from their precariously placed nests. The beach at Ravenscar is a sanctuary for grey and common seals come pupping time and, when observing from the clifftops, you’re in for fabulous views of both land and sea.
Whichever part you visit, don’t forget to dip your toes in those bracing North Sea waters; it’s a rite of passage when visiting the Yorkshire Coast. Book a Yorkshire Coast holiday cottage with us and you’ll be just a pebble’s throw away to wander back and dry off.