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 2.8℃ to 3.6℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (SSW)
Tuesday, Feb 07partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.2℃ to 3.7℃ with wind speed 5.4 m/sec (SW)
Wednesday, Feb 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.6℃ to 5℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Feb 09partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 6.9℃ with wind speed 11.1 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Feb 10fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 4.6℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.2℃ to 8.6℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Feb 12clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.5℃ to 5.9℃ with wind speed 3.9 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.

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)
Tue 07 Feb
   High Tide at 05:05 (Height 5.15m)
   Low Tide at 11:07 (Height 1.55m)
   High Tide at 17:11 (Height 5.40m)
   Low Tide at 23:34 (Height 1.15m)
Wed 08 Feb
   High Tide at 05:36 (Height 5.17m)
   Low Tide at 11:37 (Height 1.50m)
   High Tide at 17:41 (Height 5.41m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:04 (Height 1.14m)
   High Tide at 06:07 (Height 5.13m)
   Low Tide at 12:06 (Height 1.52m)
   High Tide at 18:12 (Height 5.38m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:35 (Height 1.20m)
   High Tide at 06:39 (Height 5.06m)
   Low Tide at 12:36 (Height 1.59m)
   High Tide at 18:43 (Height 5.31m)
Sat 11 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:08 (Height 1.31m)
   High Tide at 07:14 (Height 4.96m)
   Low Tide at 13:08 (Height 1.71m)
   High Tide at 19:18 (Height 5.19m)
Sun 12 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:42 (Height 1.48m)
   High Tide at 07:51 (Height 4.82m)
   Low Tide at 13:45 (Height 1.87m)
   High Tide at 19:57 (Height 5.04m)

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