Runswick Bay is a small village huddled on the northern end of a sweeping bay. Tiny pedestrian lanes weave their way around the village, with its ancient thatched coastguard's cottage, single pub and tiny café that sells delicious homemade cakes and pastries. With scenic paths heading both North and South on the Cleveland Way, this charming village is the perfect base for a weekend on the Yorkshire coast.
Coastal history and heritage
If you're interested in naval history, be sure to visit the RNLI lifeboat station which was in use until the late 1970s. The stone steps next to the station, with their sweeping sea view, are the perfect place for a picnic. You can also explore the tiny Methodist chapel which was built in 1829 by the hardworking women of the village. The ancient village spring, located behind the chapel, is also well worth a visit.
A day beside the seaside
Runswick Bay's peaceful sandy beach is sheltered from the northern gales by Lingrow Knowle, the lofty crag towering over the bay. Here are our top recommendations for this charming hideaway:
- Bring your surfboard and brave the chilly waves or watch the boats from Runswick Bay's Sailing Club chartering their way around the bay.
- If it's spectacular views you're after, visit the old lifeboat station and enjoy an ice cream on the steps or scramble up the steep coastal path to enjoy breathtaking views over Kettleness.
Located within The North York Moors
There's nowhere else on earth quite like the North York Moors National Park. Where else can you experience a landscape where stunning moorland, ancient abbeys and picturesque villages live side by side in such perfect harmony? It's a living, breathing scene that will take your breath away.
Places to stay
Runswick Bay is a great place to use as your base when discovering this part of the world and has some fantastic accommodation options, click the links below for more information
With its unsurpassed scenery, natural beauty, peace and tranquility, Runswick Bay which lies nine miles north of Whitby is one of the most inspiring locations in the British Isles.
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