Yorkshire Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 16 swimming beaches listed in Yorkshire. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

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    1. Scarborough Beach (South Bay)

    Scarborough is one of the UK's top seaside resorts and it's easy to see why.  Whatever your age, whatever your idea of what makes a good day out at the seaside, you're going to find what you're looking for in this vibrant Yorkshire…

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    2. Saltburn Beach

    Saltburn is a seaside resort with a rich heritage dating back to the Victorian heyday and beyond. The town was developed off the back of the Industrial Revolution and the local iron industry in particular. Whilst the boom times may have…

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    3. Whitby Beach

    Whitby has beaches on both sides of the River Esk. On the east side is the smaller Tate Hill, a sheltered sandy beach that allows dogs all year round. On the other side of West Pier is West Cliff, a larger sandy beach with colourful…

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    4. Runswick Bay

    Runswick Bay, about 9 miles north of Whitby, is widely regarded as one of the prettiest spots on the Yorkshire coast. Come here in the summer months for sandcastles, beach games, rock pooling and maybe even a dip in the waters. Come here…

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    5. Thornwick Bay

    This small bay is located on the north coast of Flamborough Head. The beach is mainly rocky with a few caves and a magnificent sea arch in the cliffs.

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    6. Hornsea Beach

    This beach in the East Riding of Yorkshire is mainly shingle and fine golden sand, and offers a classic traditional seaside experience. Flamborough Headland is visible to the north, while to the south the Holderness coast can be seen.…

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    7. North Landing (Flamborough) Beach

    This small, picturesque beach of North Landing is flanked by stunning chalk cliffs, which are backed by grassy hills. It is situated in a natural cove on the north side of the Flamborough headland, about 7 miles south-east of Reighton. 


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    8. Cayton Bay

    Located around 3 miles south of Scarborough, Cayton Bay beach is generally pretty quiet. Comprising a large sweep of fine sand backed by cliffs this beach has a wild air about it.

    Popular with surfers and windsurfers alike the…

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    9. Scarborough North Bay

    With its two delightful, sandy beaches, spectacular scenery, and plenty of attractions, Scarborough is the quintessential British seaside resort.  It also has a good claim to be the country's first commercial beach resort as tourists…

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    10. Danes Dyke (Flamborough) Beach

    Danes Dyke Beach is located on the southern side of the Flamborough headland, just under a mile west of South Landing. The pebble beach, which is flanked by rocks and backed by cliffs, becomes sandier closer to the water. At low tide,…

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    11. Scarborough Beach (South No. 2)

    One of Britain's most famous seaside towns. Scarborough has excellent choice of amenities and entertainments. South sands is a large sandy bay with good facilities, child friendly amenities and is popular with families. A handy cliff lift…

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    12. Fraisthorpe Beach

    Fraisthorpe is a flat, sandy beach in the East Riding area of Yorkshire. It forms part of Bridlington Bay, a sandy stretch of coastline that stretches on for many miles southwards, down to the Humber Estuary. This makes the beach perfect…

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    13. Reighton Beach

    Reighton is a long, sandy beach just to the north-west of the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast, looking northwards over Filey Bay. The beach is popular for swimming as well as walking. Reighton is an excellent place to stretch the legs,…

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    14. Selwicks Bay

    Selwicks Bay lies on the Flamborough headland, just above the most easterly point in the promontory. Set in a bay at the foot of high cliffs this sand and pebble beach stretches for around 3/4 mile. As the tide goes out a rocky shoreline,…

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    15. Hornsea South Beach

    Hornsea South is a sand and shingle beach located next to the small seaside resort of Hornsea on Yorkshire's East Riding coast. It is a popular beach for many different water sports and also for walkers with the Transpennine Trail finishing…

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    16. Stray Beach (Redcar)

    Stray Beach is the most south-easterly beach along the sandy Redcar coastline. Located between the edge of the tourist town of Redcar and the village of Marske-by-the-Sea it is backed by a grassy area separating it from the road, behind…