Blog post written for Michael Paul Holidays, through Real Communication.

North Yorkshire’s best-loved beaches

From enchanting cliff-top fishing villages to bustling seaside resorts, North Yorkshire boasts a coastline that is diverse and brimming with natural beauty.  Its beaches are some of the finest the UK has to offer.  When you visit, make sure these coastal gems are firmly in your holiday itinerary:

Filey Beach

If you’re looking for a picturesque stretch of unspoilt, traditional sandy beach, then you’ve found it in Filey.  Slightly less commercial than some of its competitors, Filey is a clean, accessible and quiet seaside resort.  The five-mile beach is particularly good for young families who will enjoy playing in the sand, rock pooling and plenty of space to burn off some energy running around, flying a kite or kicking a ball about.

The beach stretches from Filey Brigg peninsula, a hotspot for birds and wildlife, to Bempton, home of the RSPB nature reserve.  Filey’s historic promenade and colourful beach huts line the seafront and visitors can follow the town’s unique Sculpture Trail.

There are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby, such as Filey Bird and Animal Park [link to Blog 1] and Filey Museum.  Within the town itself there are ample souvenir shops and places to eat.  Filey’s fish and chips are reported to be some of the best North Yorkshire has to offer!

Please note that dogs are restricted to certain areas on this beach.

Scarborough: South Bay and North Bay

Typically referred to as the world’s first seaside resort, Scarborough is a spa town with two of the most glorious North Yorkshire beaches.

South Bay, the busier and more commercial of the two, is the place to go for good old-fashioned seaside fun.  Flanked by ice cream parlours, cafes, shops and all manner of entertainments, families flock to this sunny stretch of sand for a traditional seaside experience.

The beach is spacious and sheltered, making it ideal for building sandcastles, swimming in the sea, rock pooling or sunbathing.  There are even donkey rides to add to its quaint seaside charm.

Easily accessible and with parking, toilets and other amenities all within walking distance, South Bay will make for a fun and hassle-free day out for all the family.

Scarborough’s historical Victorian promenade joins South Bay to the wilder, quieter North Bay, a Blue Flag beach and one of the cleanest in Europe.  Here, shops and theatres are replaced by hills and cliffs, overlooked by the impressive ruins of Scarborough Castle which sits on a rocky promontory between the two bays.

If you’re looking for water sports, rock pooling, swimming or just a beautiful stretch of clean, sandy beach, then North Bay is well worth a visit.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Said to have been the busiest smuggling village of the 18th century, Robin Hood’s Bay claims a fascinating history and stunning landscapes.  This attractive old fishing village perched on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors transports you back in time to an age when sailors, smugglers and fishermen roamed the enchanting cobbled streets and lived in the traditional, cliff-top North Yorkshire cottages that span the length and breadth of the bay.

The breathtakingly beautiful sandy beach provides one of North Yorkshire’s most scenic and natural stretches of coastline. There are rock pools to explore, and as part of Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast, it’s a fine spot for fossil hunting (though be aware of the dangers of rock falls and incoming tides).   There are a variety of coastal walks as well as cycle-paths and bridleways.

In the village itself, plenty of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants can be found and provide all the refreshments and souvenirs you may need.

If you are travelling by car, park on the cliff-top and make your way down on foot to the village.  The beach is dog friendly.

With these beaches in mind, you’ll be sure to make the most of the endlessly stunning coastline when you visit North Yorkshire.