Visit Runswick Bay - Picture postcard Yorkshire seaside village

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.

Discover Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay, a jewel on the Yorkshire Coast, enchants visitors with its serene sandy beach, historical red-roofed cottages, and abundant natural beauty. Ideal for both relaxation and adventure, this coastal village offers exceptional rock pooling, fossil hunting, and panoramic sea views from its sheltered bay.

A haven for walkers, the scenic coastal paths lead you through breathtaking views of the North Sea, connecting you deeply with Yorkshire’s picturesque landscapes.

One of UK’s Finest Beaches

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. 

Runswick Bay Hotels & Self Catering Accommodation

See also our dedicated Runswick Bay hotels page, and holiday cottages page.

Picture of Seagull Lodge

Seagull Lodge

Runswick, TS13 5HR, United Kingdom


Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS13 5HU, United Kingdom


Runswick, TS13 5HU, United Kingdom

Ammonite Lodge

Runswick, TS13 5HR, United Kingdom

Host & Stay – Kittiwake Lodge

Hinderwell Lane, Runswick, TS13 5HR, United Kingdom

The Firs Guesthouse

26 Hinderwell Lane, Runswick, TS13 5HR, United Kingdom

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.

Facts About Runswick Bay

  1. Runswick Bay is a small fishing village located on the North Yorkshire coast.
  2. The village is situated within the North York Moors National Park.
  3. The bay is sheltered by cliffs and is a popular spot for swimming and water sports.
  4. The village has a population of around 100 people.
  5. The village has a pub, a cafe, and a small shop.
  6. The beach at Runswick Bay is made up of sand and shingle.
  7. The village is a popular destination for walkers, with several coastal paths and trails in the surrounding area.
  8. The bay was once a hub for smuggling activities in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  9. Runswick Bay has been used as a filming location for several TV shows and movies, including the BBC series “All Creatures Great and Small”.

Runswick Bay on the map

FAQs about Runswick Bay

What is Runswick Bay known for?

Runswick Bay is known for its picturesque beauty, sandy beach, and stunning cliff views. It is also a popular spot for fishing and water sports.

Is Runswick Bay suitable for families with children?

Yes, Runswick Bay is a great place for families with children. The beach is clean and safe for swimming, and there are plenty of activities to keep kids entertained, such as rock pooling and building sandcastles.

Are there any restaurants or cafes in Runswick Bay?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes in Runswick Bay that offer a variety of food and drinks. From traditional fish and chips to gourmet cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Can I bring my dog to Runswick Bay?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the beach at Runswick Bay, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. There are also designated dog-friendly areas where they can run and play off-leash.

Is there accommodation available in Runswick Bay?

Yes, there are several accommodation options in Runswick Bay, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and holiday cottages. Many of these offer stunning views of the bay and are within walking distance of the beach.

Where Next After Runswick Bay

After visiting Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, there are plenty of other beautiful coastal towns and villages to explore in the area. Just a short drive away is the charming town of Whitby, famous for its historic abbey and association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Take a stroll along the picturesque harbour and enjoy some fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.

Another great option is the seaside town of Scarborough, which boasts two stunning beaches and a variety of attractions such as the Scarborough Castle and the SEA LIFE Centre. For those interested in history, the nearby town of Pickering is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a heritage railway that takes visitors on a scenic journey through the stunning countryside.

Overall, North Yorkshire has plenty to offer visitors, from its rugged coastline to its picturesque towns and villages. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply relaxing by the sea, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of England.

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