Whilst I’m writing this its tipping it down outside and I’m very tempted to put the heating on! But I have been reliably informed that it’s going to be more like summer towards the end of the week. So with holiday plans maybe getting cancelled this week, we thought we’d look at some beaches a bit closer to home!
Remember if you’re planning on a trip to the coast that our sister website Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler has loads of brilliant information for you too.
Runswick Bay has just been taken the converted top spot in The Times’ prestigious Britain’s 50 Best Beaches for 2020, and we are in totally agreement! The views are stunning and the huge, shelted bay offers a sandy beach dotted with rock pools. Take a hammer with you to split the rocks up for fossils! The beach doesn’t tend to get over crowded but you need to arrive early to ensure you get a spot in the car park!
Approx 1hour 30 mins from Harrogate, 68 miles.
Just round the corner from Runsick Bay is the well known Whitby. The town has two beaches either side of the Rive Esk. On the East is a sheltered sandy beach and to the West a large, sandy beach with some instagramable beach huts and donkey rides. And some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever tasted!
Approx 1hour 45 mins from Harrogate, 68 miles.
Just a few miles up the coast from Whitby is a Mumbler favourite Sandsend. Its a lot quieter then neighbouring Whitby and Runswick Bay. We went here last week when we couldn’t get parked at Runswick Bay. Its a great beach for families – theres surf and fossils to hunt for, with fabulous views of Whitby Abbey.
Approx 1 hour 40 mins from Harrogate, 70 miles.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea was a popular resort for Victorians and the town retains much of its historic charm. The beach is sand and shingle. We’d advise you to check the tides – when its in the beach is tiny. We didn’t check – but got there at the right time – the tide was out and the beach went on for miles. We had a brilliant but blustery day when we went a couple of weeks ago. Public toilets were great, we had no problem parking and the fish and chips and ice cream were just 👌🏻. Lovely walk along the pier too!
Approx 1 hour 30 mins from Harrogate, 57 miles.
I’m leaving my personal favourite till last! We went camping to Scarborough last year and I fell in love with the place! Theres the quieter North Bay Beach with the eye catching colourful beach huts, but on the other side of Scarborough Castle is the busy and more traditional sea side town South Bay. I love it here – a long sandy beach on one side of the road, and lots of arcades, fish and chip shops and ice cream shops on the other! It reminds me so much of my childhood memories of the sea side! The arcades are great for when its getting too hot, its amazing how long a handful of 2ps will entertain a child for! And no trip to the sea side is complete without a stick of rock!