A Coast of Contrasts
A short break on the Yorkshire Coast will serve up glorious coastline, delicious cuisine, beautiful countryside, outdoor adventures and spectacular views.
Stretching from Spurn Point to Saltburn-by-the- Sea, this unique stretch of coastline boasts a string of gorgeous and very different seaside towns and villages. From traditional resorts such as Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, to picture-perfect fishing communities like Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes, many of which are in the stunning North York Moors National Park.
There’s nothing like a day on the beach to make you hungry. The Yorkshire Coast’s fish and chip shops are officially among the best in the world - both Whitby’s Quayside and the town’s Magpie Café regularly win awards.
Scarborough boasts stunning scenery, glorious beaches and much to see and do – is it any wonder that people have been flocking there for nearly 400 years now? You can still immerse yourself in its history with Scarborough Castle and the Rotunda Museum of geology, or venture down to the seafront to see the amusement arcades, ice cream parlours, shellfish stalls and beach huts. Outdoor adventures can be found all around: try boating in Peasholm Park; take a ride on the miniature railway or watch a performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Fish and chips, history and culture, views and festivals, vampires and Goths, it’s all on offer in Whitby. West Cliff is worth a visit, it’s full of fun with a paddling pool, Skateboard Park, bumper boats, trampolines and crazy golf. It’s also home to Whitby Leisure Centre, the Whitby Pavilion Complex and the famous Whalebone Arch. Historians will enjoy finding out about its connection to Captain Cook and the role it played in the whaling and jet industries at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum; steam fans can board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at its northernmost station and those with a literary bent can follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
You’ll find some of the country’s best surfing beaches, with Scarborough’s North and South Bays being popular spots to catch a wave. Kayaking and paddle-boarding are also becoming very popular in the area. Test yourself on World Cup mountain-biking trails in Dalby Forest, explore ‘top-of-the-world’ cycling at Sutton Bank National Park Centre or challenge yourself to breathtaking Tour de Yorkshire routes.
A COAST TO BOAST ABOUT
Filey is the perfect place to take a walk, fly a kite, build a sandcastle, snooze in a deck chair or maybe do a spot of bird watching from its Brigg. Home to miles of glorious beach, Filey is fantastic for families and regularly hosts music, movies, exhibitions, food fairs, the Filey Folk Festival and more from its main arts venue, the Evron Centre. Glorious clean beaches, nature, history, sporting fun, independent shops and great entertainment, Bridlington has something for everyone. The pre-Roman harbour and characterful Old Town are must-sees for any history buff and for nature lovers, going on a seashore safari, a boat trip around the bay or bird watching at Bempton Cliffs are all experiences not to be missed. For lively and energetic endeavours, East Riding Leisure Bridlington is bursting with high-tech fun and fitness and Bridlington Spa hosts the best dance, comedy and music performers.