Things to do on the Yorkshire coast


1. Visit a major Yorkshire coast resort

The Yorkshire coast has four major tourist resorts. Bridlington,Scarborough and Whitby have harbours you can explore while Filey has the coble landing.These resorts all have good large sandy beaches and cliff top walks. They also have shopping areas and plenty of food outlets of all descriptions.

Whitby

Whitby has a good sandy beach to the north of the harbour . Whitby is the most picturesque and photogenic resort on the Yorkshire coast. There are many different boat trips available.The river Esk flows through the town and flows into the North sea through an impressive harbour entrance. Whitby Abbey is perched on the cliff top above the quaint old town. It has jet works and a smoke house.

Whitby harbour entrance: Endeavour
Whitby harbour entrance
Whitby walk to Sandsend
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Whitby harbour entrance with Endeavour
Whitby harbour entrance
Whitby from Sandsend
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Scarborough

Scarborough has beaches to the north and south of the castle and harbour. It is by far the largest resort on the Yorkshire Coast with many amusement arcades and eateries of all sorts on the seafront. Scarborough north bay is quite a bit less developed. Scarborough has the most amenities of any of the resorts and is the busiest.

Scarborough harbour and castle
Scarborough beach donkeys
Scarborough castle from the north
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Scarborough harbour and castle
Donkeys on Scarborough North Beach
Scarborough castle from the north
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Filey

Filey is the smallest of the big 4 resorts. Filey has a beautiful beach between Filey Brig and Flamborough head. It is the least developed of the Yorkshire coast resorts with only one amusement arcade on the seafront and a few children’s rides. Many visitors think Filey is a more classy resort because of this. There are lovely gardens on the cliff top and you can walk out along the Brig. There are more details on the What to do in Filey page.

Crescent gardens , Filey
Filey seafront and coble landing
Filey Crescent gardens: The fisherman
Filey beach donkeys
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Crescent gardens Filey
Filey seafront
Crescent gardens fisherman
Filey donkeys
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Bridlington

Bridlington is often compared to Scarborough. Like Scarborough it has excellent beaches to the North and South of the harbour. The beach south of the harbour is one of the best in the country in all respects. Safe, good sand, good facilities and relatively unspoilt, no amusement arcades and not too crowded. Bridlington is not as picturesque as Scarborough but the bay is the most sheltered on the Yorkshire coast and so the sea is usually much calmer here. It may not have as many amusement arcades as Scarborough but has a  bigger funfair on the seafront to the north of the harbour. Sewerby Park to the north is very popular

Bridlington south beach and harbour
Sewerby Hall, Bridlington
Bridlington north bay
Bridlington Harbour
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Bridlington south beach and harbour
Sewerby Hall Bridlington
Sewerby Park fun
Bridlington North Bay
Bridlington Harbour
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2. A day on the beach

Spend the day with your children or grandchildren on the beach. My favourite beaches for this are Filey or Bridlington. Choose a warm day and you may get them in the sea. Both are very safe beaches with good sand and have all the facilities you need.

Filey beach with kid and roundabout
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Filey beach and roundabout
Bridlington South Beach
Bridlington fun on the beach
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3. Walk along Filey Brig.

You can walk along the beach from Filey or park in the country car park on the cliff top. A great place for rock pooling or fishing or just a walk but take care on any of the smooth rocks or the concrete “footpath” if there is damp green or brown algae. Very Very slippery. There is even access down to the North side of the Brig on iron ladders but take great care as they are vertical.

Filey Brig: pictures end and back looking to Scarborough.
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Filey Brig
Looking down the back of Filey Brigg
Filey Carr Naze
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4. Flamborough Head walk.

Depending on how far you want to walk you can park at North Landing and walk to the lighthouse at Selwicks Bay and back.  For a longer walk you can park in the village, walk to North Landing then right round past the lighthouse in to South Landing and back into the village. It is a very long walk but there are cafes at North Landing and the lighthouse. The section from the lighthouse to the South landing is usually quiet.

Flamborough North Landing
Flamborough head stack near North landing
Flamborough Head Selwicks Bay
Flamborough South Landing
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North Landing
North Landing
Bempton cliffs
Stacks
Guillemots
Selwicks Bay
South Landing
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5. Visit Bempton cliffs.

Now run by the RSPB. You can get there with long walks in from other places such as Speeton or Thornwick bay. The car park at the reserve is part of the RSPB property. The views from the cliff top (over 300ft vertical cliffs) are magnificent. You are really close to the nesting birds and the gannets are truly majestic.

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Bempton-cliffs-gannets

 

6. Walk round Whitby.

Whitby is an amazing place with beaches, harbours, bridges, piers, abbey, lifeboat museum, old town and lots of narrow alleyways. It is very photogenic. You can take a walk to the west along the beach or even to the east on the rocks under the abbey if the tide is out. You can even take a ride on a lifeboat or a replica of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour.

Whitby harbour entrance and Abbey
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Whitby harbour and Abbey
Whitby market square
Whitby Fish Quay
Whitby lifeboat rides
Whitby old town
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7. Walk at Robin Hoods bay.

For some, the walk down from the car park in Robin Hoods Bay and back up is enough but if you are fit enough parking your car for free at Ravenscar and walking to Robin Hoods Bay is a much more rewarding walk. There are several routes either on the cliff top and beach, old railway line or down Ravenscar point past the Peak Fault and on the shore past the seal colony. Look carefully at the image to see how many seals you can count. There are at least 100 in the photo. This route requires low water. You also stand a good chance of finding jet in Robin hoods bay if the sea has been rough.

Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay narrow streets
Robin Hoods Bay from Ravenscar
Robin Hoods Bay walk along old railway track
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Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay narrow streets
Robin Hoods Bay from Ravenscar
Seals at Ravenscar
Robin Hoods Bay walk along old railway track
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8. Fossil hunting on the beach.

There are many fossils to be found on the Yorkshire coast and I think the best three places are Speeton cliffs near Filey, Staithes or Runswick bay. At the latter two do be careful if you go near the cliffs as they are very unstable and stones some large fall regularly. It is well worthwhile looking up the areas you want to find fossils on the internet before you go by following the links above. A Google search for “Yorkshire coast fossils” will yield many more good places to try with lots of information.

Ammonite fossils, Yorkshire coast
Yorkshire coast fossils devils tonails urchin belamnites and horsetail stem
Yorkshire Coast jet collected between Whitby and Bridlington
Speeton beach and fossil ammonites
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Ammonite fossils
Devils-toenails, sea urchin,belamnite and horsetail fossils
Yorkshire Coast jet
Speeton beach with fossil ammonites
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9. Fishing off the shore

Fishing anywhere on the coast can be both enjoyable and occasionally very rewarding in terms of fish. Mackerel, bass, cod and flatfish can all be caught by various methods off the rocks, beaches and harbour walls. Lots of other species too. Sunset is often a good time. Bait can be bought or dug on the beaches. Try here  for more general fishing information and here for family friendly places to fish.

Filey Brig Fishing at the back of the Brig
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Bridlington North Beach fishing
Evening bass fishing
Flamborough fishing
Filey Brig Fishing
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10. Photography

The coastal scenery is magnificent especially as the sunrises. There are also many opportunities around the resorts big and small for interesting photography. Whitby is especially famous for being photogenic and of course for the Sutcliffe collection. Rough seas can also give you amazing opportunities. With your favourite photo editing software you can have some real fun. Try everything from creating panoramas to HDR shots.

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Bridlington North Pier
Sewerby Park
Sunrise Brdilington
Psychedelic Filey seafront
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