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10 of the Best Beaches in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire, or God’s Own County as it’s fondly known, is a county of great natural beauty – from the open sweeping moorland to the rolling dales, the landscape has offerings for every taste.

The coastline is no exception – often linking up with national trails or backed by glorious and rugged cliff faces, the beaches in this north-eastern county are beautiful from every angle. Here at Haven, we’ve done our research - seeking out the hidden gems, climbing the craggy cliffs and basking in the buzz of the all-star spots to brew up this speciality list of best beaches in Yorkshire.

1. North Landing (Flamborough) Beach, Flamborough

1. North Landing (Flamborough) Beach, Flamborough
North Landing: Flamborough at its finest

Steps from Thornwick Bay Holiday Village

North Landing Beach at Flamborough is a great option that's neighbours with Thornwick Bay Holiday Village. Like many of the beaches in Yorkshire, Flamborough has a bit of a steep path down to the sand itself, so walking boots and a careful step are advised.

The sand and pebble beach is an excellent location for rock-pooling, and a small cave to the left of the beach beckons young explorers in to investigate (accompanied by an adult adventurer, of course!) There’s an oldy-timey feel about this small inlet, and it’s a perfect spot to perch up and watch the world go by. Fisherman can often be seen launching their boats from the beach here, and for those with a keen eye, bobbing seals can sometimes be spotted in amongst the buoys.

2. Reighton Sands Beach, Filey

2. Reighton Sands Beach, Filey
Reighton Sands: gives its name to one of our parks

Steps from Reighton Sands Holiday Park

The beach that gives Haven’s Reighton Sands Holiday Park its name is a sandy shoreline that lies less than a 10-minute walk from the comfort of your Haven chalet. The low cliffs and flat sands make this beach a great place for walking, rock-pooling and fossil-hunting. Its waters have a cleanliness rating of ‘excellent’ meaning that the waves are often enjoyed by swimmers and surfers too.

The RSPB-run Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve - just to the east of the beach - is well worth an explore with its array of seabirds from warblers to wheaters, gannets to guillemots. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the whales or dolphins that are known to the shores at Reighton too. History enthusiasts will note the remains of World War Two military defences dotted across the beach – a reminder of the stories the beaches of Yorkshire have to tell.

3. Thornwick Bay, Flamborough

3. Thornwick Bay, Flamborough
Thornwick Bay: continuing the theme of beach and park pairings!

Steps from Thornwick Bay Holiday Village

Thornwick Bay is a real hidden gem of the east Yorkshire coast – snuggled into a cove on the northern side of the coastal village of Flamborough. As its name suggests, the bay lies just a ten-minute walk from Haven’s Thornwick Bay Holiday Park and has no parking for the general public, making it a quiet and secluded spot for the use of Haven holidaymakers.

The bay itself is a gorgeous piece of natural beauty - a gift for nature lovers, photographers and couples seeking that picture-perfect selfie location. With its stunning sea arches adorning the white chalk cliff face and intriguing caves to be explored below, Thornwick Bay makes for a fun and memorable adventure-filled day out. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the charming, family-run Thornwick Bay Café, perched right atop the cliff. The menu offers a range of local specialities from freshly caught cod with chips, fresh regional crab, and roast beef with Yorkshire puddings.

4. Cayton Bay Beach, Cayton

4. Cayton Bay Beach, Cayton
Cayton Bay: cool and close to us

7 minutes from Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

Just a short car journey from Blue Dolphin Holiday Park, and just outside of Scarborough, sits a sweeping and unspoiled stretch of sand at Cayton. Cayton Bay is popular with surfers for the well-established Scarborough Surf Club and wide-open waters, perfect for catching the wind and surfing the waves. The club also offers lessons in stand-up paddle boarding and coasteering as well as tailored kids’ clubs during the school holidays.

And it’s not just the sporting amongst us who will enjoy a day out at Cayton. History buffs and nature-lovers alike will find plenty to keep them entertained along this historic shoreline. Keep your eyes peeled for fossils emerging from amongst the cliffs and an impressive range of sea birds to spot in the sky. Cayton Bay boasts both an ENCAMS Seaside Award and Quality Coast Award, making it one of the beaches in Yorkshire you just can’t miss.

5. Filey Beach, Filey

5. Filey Beach, Filey
Filey: close to not one, but two of our parks

10 minutes from Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

11 minutes from Primrose Valley Holiday Park

The stretch of coast between Blue Dolphin and Primrose Valley is home to a true Yorkshire beauty spot at Filey Beach. Voted by TripAdvisor as one of the top six beaches in the world in 2019, the large expanse of golden sand is popular for activities such as kite-flying, horse-riding and long, bracing family walks.

Filey has a rich heritage as a fishing village which is explored in a series of sculptures designed by artist Russ Coleman that line the promenade. For those looking for a spot of relaxation, there are some delightful beach chalets along the front which are available for rent but be sure to book them early as they get snapped up fast by holiday makers and locals alike. You can book a chalet for a week or the entire season and settle in, Yorkshire tea in hand and a view of the bay just beyond your door.

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6. Bridlington North Beach, Bridlington

6. Bridlington North Beach, Bridlington

10 minutes from Thornwick Bay Holiday Village

This sand and shingle beach in the East Riding area of Yorkshire is an ever-popular location for families looking for an action-packed beach-side day out. There’s a hive of activity on offer in and around the sea-front: take a donkey ride across the sand, ride the Ferris wheel at the funfair, or try your luck at crazy golf in one of the amusement arcades. For those who enjoy a bit of history, hop on the land train up to Sewerby Hall and Gardens – a Grade I listed Georgian Country House.

The town of Bridlington is a haven for sea-food lovers, claiming the title of the UK’s biggest shellfish port and nicknamed ‘The Lobster capital of Europe’, the restaurants do not disappoint. Top seafood joints include The Pride of Bridlington for a classic paper wrapped fare, or The Lobster Pot on Kingsgate for a homely pub-based classic.

7. Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

7. Scarborough Beach, Scarborough
Treasure by the coast: Scarborough in all its glory

22 minutes from Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

A beach in a brilliant British coastal town that is home to over 60,000 people had to make the list of the best beaches. The array of amenities on hand for visitors to this North East wonder is spectacular, with the promenade playing host to attractions that are a great day out in themselves, regardless of whether you set foot on the sand. Restaurants, pubs, ice cream stands and even the all-important fish and chips are top-notch. This is the one of the go-to places in Yorkshire for seafood too.

The beach itself is divided into two long stretches of sand that run in line with Scarborough’s seafront. You’ll be just steps from the most vibrant part of the town. Fittingly, the town’s medieval fortress stands tall over the coastline. The English Heritage-run site is a magnet for tourists. Its grounds offer eye-catching views of the North Sea. The sea itself is calm and ideal for a paddle. A beach that welcomes all with open arms, it charms everyone from pensioners right the way down to toddlers.

8. Whitby Beach (West Cliff), Whitby

8. Whitby Beach (West Cliff), Whitby
Whitby: wonderful and famous throughout the country

55 minutes from Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

There are two beaches at Whitby, with West Cliff boasting the larger sands, prime for sandcastle building and pitching up with your hired deckchair and wind-break for a comfortable yet fun-filled day out. The beach offers all the usual entertainments including donkey rides, crazy golf and a children’s paddling pool. If you’re feeling energetic, a hike up to the cliff top will reward you with stunning views of the infamous Whitby Abbey and East Cliffs across the way. West Cliff has plenty of nearby parking for those coming by car and is also just a short walk from the station if you prefer to arrive by foot. All these offerings being so conveniently placed make Whitby undeniably one of the best beaches in Yorkshire.

After the excitements of the beach, head into the centre of Whitby for some top-notch Yorkshire grub. Besides the legendary Whitby fish and chips, we recommend Abbey Wharf in the marketplace for freshly caught fish dishes, or Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash on Church Street for comfort food in cosy surroundings.

9. Saltburn Beach, Redcar

9. Saltburn Beach, Redcar
Saltburn: stunning sand all around

The seaside resort of Saltburn in North Yorkshire is a location that wears its Victorian heritage with pride. Take a ride on the old cliff tramway lift and admire the views or jump aboard the charming miniature railway which will take you to the beautifully landscaped Italian Gardens and accompanying Victorian tea rooms.

The beach itself is a vast expanse of good quality sand and shingle and is popular with surfers for its prime location, which is sheltered from the harsh winds, yet facing into the swells of the North Sea waves. There’s a lifeguard service in operation to keep the surfers safe and plenty of eateries to restore your energy after you’ve met your match with the waves. Try The Seaview Restaurant on the lower promenade to sit-in or take away from Oscar’s Fish and Chips and find a good spot on the seawall to revel in the classic seaside culinary experience.

10. Spurn Point, Kilnsea

10. Spurn Point, Kilnsea
Spurn Point: sits on the huge Humber

Spurn Point, or Yorkshire’s own Land’s End, is a peninsula that spools out for three long miles into the Humber Estuary. It is a place like no other and this out-of-the-way beach is markedly different to the other classic seaside spots on offer in this collection of best beaches in Yorkshire. The sandbanks of Spurn Point lie at the very end of the Spurn Nature Reserve which is home to a wide range of wildlife including sea birds, porpoises, lizards and roe deer. Safari tours traverse the reserve in a 4x4 and are available to book via the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Website.

At just over 50 metres wide, the peninsula is thoroughly at the mercy of the elements and visitors should also take note that the tip of the peninsula is cut off from the mainland at high tide. This is not one for a relaxing beach day, but a worthy adventure for families and couples looking for undisturbed natural beauty. For the best views, climb the Spurn lighthouse just off the headland and be sure to pay a visit to the Spurn Discovery Centre to find out about the history and wildlife of this special place.

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Holiday home price is for a new 3-bedroom Willerby Ellerton Extra holiday and includes siting, connections and standard accessories. 

From 12 July 2024 the holiday home price is reduced from £37,995 to £33,995 and will remain at this price until all available stock is sold. 

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As at 12 July 2024 this price is available at Berwick, Burnham-on-Sea, Devon Cliffs, Doniford Bay, Hafan y Mor, Kent Coast, Lakeland, Marton Mere, Presthaven, Primrose Valley, Reighton Sands, Seton Sands and Weymouth Bay. 

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Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them. 

New holiday homes from £29,995 – reduced from £33,995 

Holiday home price is for a new 3-bedroom Willerby Ellerton Extra holiday and includes siting, connections and standard accessories. 

From 12 July 2024 the holiday home price is reduced from £37,995 to £29,995 until 31 August 2024 at which point it will revert to £33,995. At Far Grange the holiday home price point is reduced from £33,995 and will revert to this price on 31 August 2024. 

The holiday home price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale. Subject to status and availability.    

As at 12 July 2024 this price is available at – Blue Dolphin, Caister-on-Sea, Cleethorpes Beach, Come Haven, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Greenacres, Haggerston Castle, The Orchards, Quay West, and Wild Duck 

Haven reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.   

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.   

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Holiday home price is based on a Bronze Grade pre-owned holiday home 6 years or older and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale.  Subject to status and availability.   

As at 12 July 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Cala Gran, Church Farm, Cardigan View, Cleethorpes Beach, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Golden Sands, Haggerston Castle, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Orchards, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Riviere Sands, Seashore, Seaview, Skegness and Thornwick Bay.   

Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times. Park cannot be used as a permanent residence.  

Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.  We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

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Images are shown for representational purposes.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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‘Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031’ is available at 33 Haven parks excluding Burnham, Cardigan View, Far Grange, Garreg Wen, Lydstep Beach, Riviere Sands and Seaview.  The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance.

“Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” is applicable to new and existing customer purchases of new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed or equivalent or superior grade holiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2offset contract. It is not applicable to private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion.  It is available across 40% of eligible Parks and applies when letting a new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade for 15 weeks.

An example of how “Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” operates under Let2offset is the purchase of an Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home at Primrose Valley with a monthly site fee of £585.00 (includes purchasing discount of £45) and monthly letting income of £803.67. The monthly difference equates to £218.67, which will be credited to the owner's account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.

Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Sahara 3 Bed indicate that under Let2offset it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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