Filey Bay, Yorkshire 

Beaches in Yorkshire

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The historic county of Yorkshire is the largest in England, and arguably the most beautiful to boot. God’s Own County, as it’s often known, attracts holidaymakers from far and wide, with its array of striking and attractive landscapes.

Walkers come for the moors and dales, whilst surfers flock to the catch the North Sea waves. What makes Yorkshire particularly special, though, is its dramatic coastline which boasts some of the highest cliffs and most historic bays in all the UK. With such an abundance of coastal spots to choose from, we’ve helped make your beach getaway planning a little easier with this bite-sized guide to some of the top beaches in Yorkshire.

Beach walks: spectacular strolls from every Haven holiday park

Beach walks: spectacular strolls from every Haven holiday park
Filey: close to not one, but two of our parks

Our Primrose Valley and Reighton Sands holiday parks both sit on the fantastic heavenly Hunmanby Gap, and a walk along the sands between the two is a great way to stretch the legs and sample the fresh sea breeze. A couple of miles along the The Bay Beach is all that separates the two. From Primrose Valley, you can also head north up to Filey, a town complete with a beach of its own.

The journey to Filey can be made from Golden Sands to the north as well, via the seaside paradise of Filey Brigg Country Park. Thornwick Bay is the fourth park with brilliant beaches in Yorkshire beside it, and you can see some of these in all their glory on a stroll on the Flamborough Heritage Headland Coast. Dames Dyke Beach is a particular highlight, magnificently set at the bottom of imposing cliffs.

Beach history: delve deep into the past

Beach history: delve deep into the past
Robin Hood's Bay: wonderful walks along craggy cliffs that form it

It only takes a short hop up to Scarborough to see one of the finest sites you’ll find next to the beaches in Yorkshire. The town’s incredible castle harks back to medieval times and affords visitors a breath-taking view of the North Sea from its highly perched position. Scarborough is only a 10-to-15-mile drive from any of our Yorkshire parks.

With a journey further afield comes even greater rewards. Head to the enchanting Robin Hood’s Bay and discover not only a beach that’s beautiful at present, but one that has a secret past as a smuggler’s paradise. Head down to the sands and find the remnants of passageways that allowed goods to be smuggled directly from the coast into the town itself. Wonderful Whitby Abbey is also in the area, with the structure thought to be home the first known English poet, Caedmon.

Beach attractions: famously family orientated

Beach attractions: famously family orientated
Thornwick Bay: continuing the theme of beach and park pairings!

Captain Cook’s Memorial Museum is a must-see if you and the family do decide to venture up to Whitby. You’ll find out a range of facts about the famous explorer and be able to tie it in with some time in what’s probably the spot for food near the beaches in Yorkshire.

Flamingo Land in Kirby Misperton is a great day out from Blue Dolphin in particular, and Eden Camp Museum in Malton is brilliant for aviation enthusiasts. Sticking with the transport theme, the whole family will love a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and for a snapshot of daily life by the beaches in Yorkshire, head for Flamborough Beach and see fishing boats heading out for their catch on a daily basis.

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