Sandsend Beach

The tiny, picturesque village of Sandsend lies on Yorkshire’s heritage coastline, between Runswick Bay and Whitby.  The clean, sandy beach here, with small rivers running into the sea on either side, is very appealing and makes an excellent destination for a family day out. 

At low tide a large area of beach is exposed and there are plenty of rockpools for children to explore. Tide times can be found on the side of the shop next door to the Sandsend Café.

There a fine views down the coast towards the romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey which is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

It is possible to walk all the way along the beach to Whitby, and this may take up to one and a half hours, depending on how often you stop to admire the views or play in the waves.

Sandsend beach is popular with fossil hunters, fishermen and walkers.  In summer an area of the beach is zoned off for swimming. 

A café, gift shop and pub can be found close to the beach.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are restricted to certain areas on this beach from May 1st to September 30th

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  • Sailing


  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



YO21 3SU

OS grid ref.

NZ 8644 1256


The parking is next to the beach. There is a charge for parking.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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