The stunning Yorkshire coastline is full of charm, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs to the most picturesque stretches of white sand. Add in the famous Whitby Abbey and some of the country's best fish and chips and what more could anyone ask for on a Yorkshire break with family and friends. These beaches are all within an hour from our luxury holiday homes, where you can retreat back to for a cosy evening in front of the log burner after a day exploring.
Here are our top 4 beaches for the perfect day out...
Offering a most authentic seaside experience, Saltburn has over a mile of curving, golden sands, and rugged sea cliffs. The views are breathtaking, as is the drive in through the North York Moors National Park and along the Heritage Coast of Cleveland. There’s plenty waiting to be discovered in Saltburn.
The award-winning Seaview Restaurant is a must; there are unrivalled views and the freshest seafood, landed daily from the surrounding waters. After filling up on fish and chips, take the famous (and oldest) water-balanced cliff lift running between town and beach. you’ll land on Saltburn’s magnificent Victorian Pier, the sole surviving example on the Yorkshire coast.
Surf’s up at Saltburn… The beach is great fun for surf lovers, with the best waves recorded in Autumn (if you dare). Saltburn offers plenty of water sports for all ages to try, making it a great family day out.
Whitby is not a traditional coastal town. It is just as famous for its fascinating history, culture, and vampire legends as it is for Blue Flag beaches. It is also recognised for some of Yorkshire’s best fish and chips.
Whitby has endless charm and surprising contrasts. Climb 199 steps to the stunning Whitby Abbey, which dominates the skyline and towers over the cobbled streets. The beach is wide and welcoming, and the fully working harbour is filled with brightly coloured fishing vessels.
Steeped in history, there is something for all ages. Follow Bram Stoker’s footsteps and find his inspiration behind his classic horror novel Dracula. Whitby is also where Captain Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the 17th century, and you can head to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. There’s a microbrewery behind Whitby Abbey, and a famous Goth Weekend held twice a year!
This charming fishing village has plenty to offer. Wander down through the winding streets filled with fishermen’s cottages. Or climb up along the towering cliffs with views over the choppy sea and harbour. The soaring, rugged cliffs make Staithes a great place for walking, geology (it’s nicknamed the Dinosaur Coast), and getting back to nature.
One of the largest fishing ports on the Yorkshire coast, local fishermen catch cod, lobsters and crabs. Discover the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach. If you have young children you may recognise Staithes from the much loved CBBC series Old Jacks Boat, featuring Bernard Cribbins on his old fishing boat, accompanied by Salty his faithful dog.
The beauty of the village lends itself to art and there’s well-known painters and current artists can be viewed at the local gallery.
This is the Yorkshire coast at its most beautiful. This picturesque old fishing village is recognised by the huddle of red-roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the waterline – a way that 18th-century smugglers hid their illicit trade. Full of culinary delights, sample the locally caught fish and local ales.
This great family day out is perfect for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. The sandy beach is unspoilt, with rock pools and ancient fossils to discover. There’s many coastal and country walks, cycle paths and bridleways right on the doorstep.
Shorthorn is a four-bedroom luxury cottage near Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales. This dog-friendly cottage has a games room, garden hot tub and a bathroom for each bedroom. The fantastic and spacious interiors feature traditional beams and stunning views. It can be booked alongside two large cottages at Greenbank Barns for large group getaways.
Tucked away in the Richmondshire hills, this luxurious yet cosy one-bedroom cottage with a hot tub equals rural bliss for couples looking for somewhere special to stay. A mile from the local village, Wayside Cottage has inspiring interiors, original beams and exposed stone walls, and stunning countryside views.
Treat yourself to a luxury escape in this two-bedroom cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Relax by the cosy log burning stove, or step through large bi-folding doors straight to the garden wooden hot tub. Set in the charming village of Hudswell, there is a multi award-winning pub a two-minute walk away.
A stunning Georgian townhouse perfectly located for exploring Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales. Newly refurbished, Porte House is our latest three-bedroom luxury dog-friendly holiday home. The spacious interiors-led reception rooms, modern kitchen and bathroom, and cosy bedrooms make this a gorgeous escape in Yorkshire.
A unique design and intriguing features that you can’t wait to explore, inside and out, New York Public Library offers guests the chance to relax in a peaceful yet inspirational environment while enjoying the height of luxury in the four unique bedrooms. The layout of this luxury yet contemporary lodge-style holiday home is perfect for a large group looking for Yorkshire holiday accommodation with a difference.
The North York Moors is spectacular and home to some of England's most iconic backdrops. A must see in late summer, take advantage of the attractions, stunning coastline, walking, cycling and heritage sites. Also exploring the pub or coffee stops along the way is key while taking in the expansive rolling countryside.
Now that it is safe to travel, here are our top three days out in Yorkshire, now OPEN that must be on the top of your wish list.
Wrap up warm and head outdoors this Autumn. It's our last chance to get out and explore the wonders of North Yorkshire before the evening's darken and all we want to do is sit in the hot tub or by the fire...