Just up the delightful Yorkshire Coast from the busier town of Whitby, Sandsend still has the same amazing sandy beach, but is an altogether more peaceful spot, for those looking to get away from the crowds for a while. With its stunning sandy beach, rugged cliffs, and quaint cottages, Sandsend offers a unique blend of natural beauty and traditional English charm.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sand, take a dip in the sea, or simply relax and soak up the sun. The village itself is also home to a number of charming cafes, restaurants, and shops, where visitors can sample local cuisine and pick up souvenirs to take home. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly holiday destination, Sandsend is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire coast.

Accommodation in Sandsend

You can also see our dedicated page for Sandsend hotels and Sandsend B&Bs.

Picture of The Cottage

The Cottage

Sandsend, YO21 3TF, United Kingdom

Shore View

Sandsend, YO21 3SX, United Kingdom

Sea View Cottage, Dunsley

Dunsley Lane, Sandsend, YO21 3TL, United Kingdom

Gardeners Cottage

Sandsend Road, Sandsend, YO21 3ST, United Kingdom

Watersedge Sandsend

Flat 1 Whitehaven, The Parade, Sandsend, YO21 3SZ, United Kingdom

Apple Tree Cottage

Apple Tree Cottage, Apple Tree Cottage, The Old Steps, The Parade, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3TA, United Kingdom

Flat 3, Peacehaven

Flat 3, Peacehaven, Flat 3, Peacehaven, The Parade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3SZ, United Kingdom


Stonewall, Stonewall Cottage, East Row, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3SU, United Kingdom


Harebell, Harebell, The Valley, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3TE, United Kingdom


Craigmore, Craigmore, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3SY, United Kingdom

The Cottage

The Cottage, The Cottage, Teapot Hill, Sandsend, North Yorkshire, YO21 3TF, United Kingdom

Shore View

Shore View, 2 Meadowfields, Sandsend, North Yorkshire, YO21 3SX, United Kingdom

Also see Whitby, as much of the accommodation is a short distance from Sandsend too, and may be listed there.

Pictures of Sandsend

Sandsend Beach

About Sandsend

Sandsend is a pretty little fishing village, close to Whitby in the Scarborough country of North Yorkshire.

Administratively, Sandsend forms part of the civil parish of Lythe.

It is the birthplace of fishing magnate George Pyman.

Originally two villages, Sandsend and East Row, the united Sandsend has a pub and restaurant.

A large part of the western side of the village, in The Valley, is still owned by Mulgrave Estate. The Valley is one of the most expensive areas to buy property on the Yorkshire Coast.

History of Sandsend

Sandsend and the neighbouring village of East Row began as separate villages but were joined when extra cottages were built for workers in the alum industry.

Sandsend was also buoyed by tourism from the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway, which ran through the village from 1855 to 1958. The local station was Sandsend railway station, which opened in 1883 and was closed in 1958 under the Beeching reforms.

In the 1947 British comedy drama Holiday Camp, the opening shots of a train arriving at a cliff-top station and passengers boarding buses outside the station were filmed at Sandsend.

Public Transport to Sandsend

The main public transport serving Sandsend is the Arriva North East 4 & X4 bus service, which runs from Whitby up the coast to Middlesbrough.

The main road through the town is the A174 which runs from Whitby to Thornaby-On-Tees. It is a short drive to Whitby from Sandsend.

Walking in Sandsend – The Cleveland Way

Sandsend is located on the coastal part of the 110-mile (180 km) Cleveland Way and it follows the course of the old railway line northwards.

Sandsend FAQ’s

Is Sandsend worth visiting?

Whatever the time of year Sandsend is a great destination for a day out. For walkers there’s easy access to Mulgrave Woods and the Cleveland Way as well as footpaths leading inland. There’s a range of holiday accommodation in the village, along with fantastic food and drink options.

Can you walk from Whitby to Sandsend?

This is a very popular walk for people visiting this part of the Yorkshire coast and is great for dogs too. It’s around 3.5 miles along the beach so make sure you check the tide times before you set out!

Is Sandsend beach sandy?

Located at the foot of Lythe Bank, Sandsend is a picturesque village with cottages set against a backdrop of cliffs and two meandering streams, which lead to the sandy beach.

Can you swim at Sandsend beach?

In the summer months, there is a designated area just for swimming, so you can paddle away without interruption.

What is Sandsend famous for?

Sandsend is a small fishing village, near to Whitby in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England. It forms part of the civil parish of Lythe. It is the birthplace of fishing magnate George Pyman. Originally two villages, Sandsend and East Row, the united Sandsend has a pub and restaurant.

Facts About Sandsend

  1. Sandsend is a small village located on the coast of North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The village is situated approximately 3 miles north of Whitby.
  3. Sandsend has a long sandy beach that stretches for over 2 miles.
  4. The village has a number of cafes, restaurants, and pubs, including the Hart Inn, which dates back to the 16th century.
  5. Sandsend is located within the North York Moors National Park, which is known for its stunning scenery and wildlife.
  6. The village is home to a number of historic buildings, including the ruins of the 13th-century Mulgrave Castle.
  7. Sandsend is a popular destination for walkers, with a number of scenic coastal paths and trails in the surrounding area.
  8. The village is also home to a number of art galleries and studios, showcasing the work of local artists and craftspeople.
  9. Sandsend is easily accessible by car, with parking available in the village and nearby Whitby.

Sandsend on the map

Where Next After Sandsend

After visiting Sandsend, North Yorkshire, visitors should consider exploring the nearby town of Whitby. This charming seaside town is just a short drive away and offers a range of attractions, including the famous Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Visitors can also stroll along the picturesque harbor, sample fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants, or take a boat tour along the coast.

Another great option for visitors to Yorkshire is the historic city of York. Just a 45-minute drive from Sandsend, York is home to a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, including the iconic York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, and the National Railway Museum. Visitors can also explore the city’s medieval walls, wander through the quaint streets of the Shambles, or enjoy a pint at one of the many traditional pubs. With so much to see and do, York is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Yorkshire.

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