Forget the deckchairs and dodgems; this is Yorkshire's coastline at its most raw and elemental. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. Why not join them for a bracing walk or a fireside drink in a cosy inn?
With its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red roofed cottages, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast's prettiest destinations.
Marked by a stretch of rugged white cliffs surrounding a small village, Flamborough Head is an outdoor lover's paradise.
This traditional seaside resort, with its sandy beach, historic promenade, fantastic fish and chips and gentle pace of life, is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing and nostalgic day out.
From the atmospheric Abbey towering over winding cobbled streets to the windswept beach and working harbour, Whitby is not your traditional coastal town.
Elegant Bridlington, with its peaceful promenades, sandy beaches and historic harbour offers a bright and breezy day out. The historic old town is filled with quaint shops, restaurants and cafés.
Stunning scenery, two glorious beaches, loads to do and see - is it any wonder that people have been flocking to Scarborough, believed to be the world's first seaside resort, for nearly 400 years now?
on the coast
With its peaceful Blue Flag beach, quaint promenade and towering Victorian folly, Hornsea is a quintessential British seaside resort.
Its breath-taking landscapes, picturesque beaches, and endless coastline make Redcar a truly idyllic seaside resort!
The delightful coastal town Saltburn-by-the-sea bestows plenty of Victorian charm and thrills.
With its higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time.
Across the bay from Robin Hood's Bay the view is spectacular and on the southernmost headland is Ravenscar, once the vantage point used by the Romans as a signal station.
Spurn National Nature Reserve, Spurn Head, Hull, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU12 0UG
So much to sea
The Yorkshire coastline encompasses some of the UK’s most rugged and charming countryside, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs to glorious stretches of white sand and family-friendly seaside resorts, with everything from windswept abbeys to the county’s best fish and chips. Nothing if not diverse, expect awesome beaches, chilly feet if you brave the sea and a chance to lose yourself in this naturally beautiful destination.
Check out The Sunday Times' Beach of the Year 2020, Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire: