Runswick Sands Beach (aka Runswick Bay Beach)

Runswick Sands is a sheltered sandy beach with rock pools on either side of the bay at Runswick. Although this can be a large sandy beach you have no sand at high tide so it is worth checking the Runswick Bay tide times below when planning a visit to avoid disappointment.

Runswick Bay Beach as it is also known is a great beachcombing beach location, you may find ammonites, dinosaur footprints, polished semi-precious stones, and shark eggs within many Jurassic rocks and rock pools.

The beach is in front of a charming village a few miles north of Whitby in North Yorkshire, built into the steep hillside which includes a sailing club as well as a number of pleasure and fishing boats.

The bay also has an inshore Runswick Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB) which occupies the former RNLI station that closed in the late 1970s. The RBRB Association is an independent registered charity relying on volunteers and funded by donations.

Facilities include a pay and display car park, toilets, cafe, shop, pub, lifeboat and slipway. Note that it is a steep road down from the car park to the beach.

Runswick Sands Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Runswick Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
Runswick Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 22 beaches in North Yorkshire, or check our list of North Yorkshire Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Runswick Sands Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 7.5℃ to 8.9℃ with wind speed 11.4 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Feb 01cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 6.5℃ with wind speed 13.4 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Feb 02lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 6.2℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.9℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 8.5 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.5℃ to 8.5℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Feb 05clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.9℃ to 4.3℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Feb 06partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.9℃ to 4.2℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (NNW)

Whitby weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Runswick Sands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Runswick Sands Beach is at Whitby 9.88 km (6.14 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 31 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:49 (Height 2.29m)
   High Tide at 12:06 (Height 4.38m)
   Low Tide at 18:26 (Height 2.40m)
Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 00:38 (Height 4.47m)
   Low Tide at 07:07 (Height 2.33m)
   High Tide at 13:17 (Height 4.50m)
   Low Tide at 19:41 (Height 2.21m)
Thu 02 Feb
   High Tide at 01:48 (Height 4.56m)
   Low Tide at 08:07 (Height 2.23m)
   High Tide at 14:13 (Height 4.70m)
   Low Tide at 20:37 (Height 1.96m)
Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 02:42 (Height 4.71m)
   Low Tide at 08:53 (Height 2.08m)
   High Tide at 14:58 (Height 4.91m)
   Low Tide at 21:20 (Height 1.72m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 03:24 (Height 4.87m)
   Low Tide at 09:31 (Height 1.92m)
   High Tide at 15:36 (Height 5.10m)
   Low Tide at 21:57 (Height 1.51m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 04:00 (Height 5.00m)
   Low Tide at 10:05 (Height 1.77m)
   High Tide at 16:09 (Height 5.24m)
   Low Tide at 22:31 (Height 1.34m)
Mon 06 Feb
   High Tide at 04:33 (Height 5.10m)
   Low Tide at 10:36 (Height 1.64m)
   High Tide at 16:41 (Height 5.34m)
   Low Tide at 23:03 (Height 1.22m)

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