Whitby Sands Beach (aka West Cliff Beach)

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 is the Captain Cook Monument and Whitby whale bones.

You will not be short of facilities, including car-parks, toilets, cafes/restaurants/pubs and beach huts.

Whitby Sands Beach is a Blue Flag Beach & has a seaside award
Whitby Sands Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Whitby Sands Beach has dog restrictions.
Dogs not allowed at the South end of the beach.

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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Whitby 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 4.9℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 6 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Jan 29partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.3℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 6.3 m/sec (WSW)
Monday, Jan 30partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.4℃ to 5.9℃ with wind speed 10.2 m/sec (WNW)
Tuesday, Jan 31partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 9.1℃ with wind speed 9.1 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Feb 01partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 5.6℃ with wind speed 12.2 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Feb 02partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.7℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 8 m/sec (WNW)
Friday, Feb 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 5.3℃ with wind speed 1 m/sec (WSW)

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

Whitby Sands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Whitby Sands Beach is at Whitby 0.92 km (0.57 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.

Sat 28 Jan
   Low Tide at 02:42 (Height 1.33m)
   High Tide at 08:55 (Height 4.80m)
   Low Tide at 14:49 (Height 1.97m)
   High Tide at 21:03 (Height 5.09m)
Sun 29 Jan
   Low Tide at 03:34 (Height 1.72m)
   High Tide at 09:50 (Height 4.56m)
   Low Tide at 15:48 (Height 2.23m)
   High Tide at 22:05 (Height 4.78m)
Mon 30 Jan
   Low Tide at 04:35 (Height 2.07m)
   High Tide at 10:53 (Height 4.40m)
   Low Tide at 17:00 (Height 2.40m)
   High Tide at 23:17 (Height 4.54m)
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)

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