Find the nearest Seaside Award in North Yorkshire
Seaside Award beaches in North Yorkshire. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current North Yorkshire beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Scarborough is one of Yorkshire’s and the UK’s most traditional Victorian era coastal resort towns. North Bay is one of the two sandy beaches in Scarborough and is the larger although slightly quieter of the two bays. A half moon strip of sand that stretches north from the headland in to the centre of Scarborough. Popular surfing beach suitable for all levels of ability. Car Park behind the beach along with toilets, restaurants, cafes and pub.
- Runswick Sands is a sheltered sandy beach with rock pools either side of the bay at Runswick, although you have no beach at high tide. Runswick Bay is a great beachcombing location, you may find ammonites, dinosaur footprints, polished semi-precious stones, and shark eggs within many the Jurassic rocks and rock pools. The beach is in front of a charming village built into the steep hillside which includes a sailing club as well as a number of pleasure and fishing boats. The bay also has the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB). Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe, shop, pub and slipway. Note that it is a steep road down from the car park to the beach.
- Cayton Bay beach is an unspoilt and quiet bay located 5km south of Scarborough and a similar distance north of Filey. The bay is a wide, sandy beach backed by cliffs, and one of the best surfing locations in North Yorkshire. The centre of the bay has a reef that creates a flat lagoon which is perfect for kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and windsurfing. If you don’t want to sit still then why not explore the remains of WWII fortifications or why not search for some fossils. Some of the cliffs and rocks were formed in the upper Jurassic period. Facilities include seasonal lifeguards, parking, toilets, cafe/restaurant, shops all located in the local village.
- Sandsend beach is a sand and shingle beach situated on Yorkshire’s heritage coastline. The beach is at the North end of a stretch of beach that runs into Whitby sands. A popular haunt with fossil collectors and fishing enthusiasts and an ideal location for the family. You have car parking on the road behind the beach, cafe and toilets.
- Robin Hoods Bay beach is a large beach in a small fishing hamlet situated on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast just south of Whitby, the bay is located on a steep hill and marks one end of the coast to coast walk. This beach is a great family location with the beach being shingle with many rock pools and is also large enough to cope with the summer crowds. The Coastal walk between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay is one of the best parts of the Cleveland Way National Trail and you can imagine why in the 18th Century the bay was reported to be one of the busiest smuggling communities on the Yorkshire coast. Facilities include toilets, pubs, car park (although at the top of a steep hill), restaurants, shops, slipway and the Old Coastguard Station is one of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Centres, exhibition and tourist information all at one location.
- Filey is a historic Victorian fishing and Edwardian seaside resort. The town is a wonderfully restful seaside base with miles of sandy beaches, local linx golf courses, gardens, birdwatching, walking, fishing, diving, surfing and sailing are all popular in the area. Five miles of beautiful sandy beach: Filey sands, Muston sands, Hunmanby sands, Reighton sands, Speeton sands. Families with younger children may want to stay close to the town but those with older children may want to head North to Filey Brigg which has some good rock pools and caves to explore. Filey Museum explores the town’s fishing heritage and local history. Facilities include toilets, cafes, shops, beach huts, deck chairs, lifeguard service on this beach in the main summer season.
- Whitby Sands beach is a sandy beach with some rocks situated to the west of the town and the beach is also known as West Cliff Beach. The River Esk splits through Whitby and a unique swing bridge connects the West and East sides of the town. On the east, you have a small sandy beach below the Abbey and this is protected by the outer harbour walls. To the East, you’ve some specialist shopping, cafe, pubs and the Cook Museum. To reach the abbey the only way up is via the 199 steps (Caedmon’s Trod). The West of the town has Theatre, cinema, Whitby Sands beach, Whitby Museum, Lifeboat Museum, parks, a boating lake and mini golf and high on the cliff the Captain Cook Monument and Whitby whale bones. You will not be short of facilities, include car parks, toilets, cafes/restaurants/pubs and beach huts.