Runswick Bay

Discover Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations with its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red roof cottages. The sandy beach, which once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, where you can admire the breathtakingly stunning sea views.

The Times and Sunday Times Travel recently named Runswick Bay Britains best beach in their top 50 round-up of the country's best beaches. Watch the video below to get a feel for why this unassuming yet beautiful bay deserves this title. 


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About Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay is a bay in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire. It is also the name of a village located on the western edge of the bay although the village is sometimes shortened to Runswick on road signs.

Runswick Bay is 5 miles north of Whitby, and close to the villages of Ellerby and Hinderwell.

It is a popular tourist attraction due to its picturesque cliffside village, stunning coastal walks, fossil hunting and Runswick Sands, a white sand beach.

For walkers, Runswick Bay is on the Cleveland Way national trail.

Runswick Bay was chosen as Beach of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times.

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