The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Yorkshire

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Yorkshire as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Yorkshire is Spurn Head. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Yorkshire just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Spurn Head Beach

    A three mile stretch of sand and shingle beach that runs along a narrow spit of land at the mouth of the Humber Estuary. There are beaches either side of the spit so its easy to find a spot out of the wind. Care should be taken swimming…

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    2. 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 town.…

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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 beach…

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    4. 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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    5. 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…

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    6. Staithes Beach

    The eminently photographic fishing village of Staithes is reckoned by many to be the prettiest on the east coast. Sitting within the shelter of the harbour and backed by the seafront is a small sandy beach. Staithes is where the North…

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    7. 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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    8. Mappleton Beach

    The wide sandy beach located in front of the East Riding village of Mappleton is ideal for dog walking. This section of North Sea coastline is known as Holderness and is situated around 3 miles (5 km) south of the seaside resort of Hornsea.…

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    9. Filey Beach

    The traditional seaside resort of Filey is less commercial than some of its East-Coast neighbours and is an ideal seaside location for young families or anyone looking for a fine stretch of good sand for walks, playing in the sand, kite-flying…

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    10. Hornsea Beach

    Hornsea is a classic seaside resort with an extensive sand and shingle beach. A long promenade with newly-landscaped gardens, old wooden breakwaters, plenty of parking and easy access to town facilities.

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