9 great coastal dog walks
Yorkshire has the best beaches in the land and we think it’s only fair that our canine friends get to enjoy them too. For dog owners, there is no better feeling than watching them bound, hop and leap in the sea on a dog friendly beach.
They can run to their heart’s content over our sweeping, sandy bays.
Distance: up to 2 miles
Open to dogs and their walkers all year round, Runswick Bay is idyllic and picturesque with cliffs at Kettleness Point that jut out into the sea. Shaped like a crocodile’s head, locals say it opens its mouth at night to gobble up stray sailors! Runswick Bay is a picture postcard seaside village with a beautiful beach.
Distance: 3 miles
This is an easy and beautiful coastal walk, with stunning scenery, a lighthouse and the chance to give your dog a good run. The short circular walk takes you on a mini-tour of one of the most spectacular areas of chalk cliffs in Britain. You will see the old and current Flamborough lighthouses on this exhilarating walk.
Sandsend to Whitby
Distance: 4 miles
This is a great long beach for you and your dog to run around on and you can stop for a cuppa at various cafes along the way. The whole beach is open for dogs from October 1 to April 30, bear in mind that parts of the beach are closed to dogs from May 1 to September 30. Watch out for the tides.
Flamborough Head to North Landing
Distance: 4 miles
This exhilarating walk takes you and your dog to the peaceful cove beach at North Landing which is set cosily within the chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. On approaching North Landing, dogs can be let off the lead in the open space away from the cliff edge. It is also a great place for swimming and relaxing on the stunning beach.
Bridlington Beach South
Distance: 2 miles
This vast flat beach is great for a run around as well as the chance for a swim too. Dogs are welcome throughout the winter but there are restrictions in place from May 1 to September 30. Also visit Bridlington North Beach which has the same restrictions as South Beach from May to September.
Filey and the Centenary Way
Distance: 5 miles
This interesting route runs along green lanes and through fields along the Centenary Way. Great if you and your dog need more than a run on the beach. Filey is a charming seaside town with a huge beach boasting soft golden sand. The main beach resort is closed to dogs from May 1 to September 30.
Robin Hood’s Bay beach
Distance 6.5 miles
With its wide easy to follow path, the walk offers a good steady climb opening up magnificent views of the North Sea, the coast and Ravenscar. The return along the cliff tops eventually drops into historic Robin Hood’s Bay with its attractions, pubs and cafes. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round too.
Danes Dyke Beach and Sewerby
Distance: 2 miles
Open to dogs all year round, this unspoilt beach offers beautiful views of the Yorkshire Coast. There’s a scenic walk which continues up a little climb through the trees and stays on flat easy to follow paths. The chalk cliffs around Danes Dyke are some of the most important cliffs in Europe for nesting seabirds.
Distance: up to 10 miles
A favourite with dog walkers, the tide stretches out giving miles of sand to walk either north to Bridlington (three miles) or south to Hornsea (ten miles). Make sure you check the tides here as the sea comes up to the cliffs – walkers can continue along the cliff tops if the tide is in but take care as cliffs are subject to erosion.