Days out in North Yorkshire

July 15, 2021

From Harrogate the coast is about 1.5 hours away.  

Scarborough, another Spa Town, is best known. At the North Bay end is a famous castle.  The walk along the cliff top takes you to Scarborough Castle and on to the original coast guards cottages, next to them is the grave yard where Ann Bronte is buried.  She was brought to Scarborough by her sisters in the forlorn hope that the spa waters and sea air would cure her.  At the North End is where you will discover the Open Air Theatre - a wonderful venue for open air productions, and doable from Harrogate, it has lots of well known names performing throughout the season - https://scarboroughopenairtheatre.com   

The South Bay is better known to tourists and it here that you find the amusement arcades and the famous fish and chips.

Filey and Bridlington are smaller resorts and have beautiful Sandy beaches. The strands and cliffs are great for walks - dogs are welcome at Filey.  Filey itself is a small pretty town with lots of small restaurants and cafes.

Flamborough Head is a short distance from Filey with a large car park at the end near the lighthouse.  There's a decent family restaurant serving local specialties including fish and chips, and from the car park there are lovely cliff top walks and a golf course.

Whitby is a bit further north via Malton, Whitby has lots to see and do including the ruins of the Abbey once the home of St Hilda 

Sandsend lies to the north of Whitby.  It is a small hamlet with limited facilities and limited parking.  At low tide the sea disappears.  At high tide there is very little of the strand exposed. This is a place much loved by the locals - and they know to get there early.

Robin Hoods Bay is a small picturesque steep cove with a small sandy beach at low tide.  Always shaded by the steep cliffs.  Very picturesque. Much loved by artists. The nearby village of Staithes is also pretty and there is an art exhibition in the summer.  You will find paintings of Staithes, Whitby and Robinhood's Bay in many of the art galleries around Yorkshire.