Days out in North Yorkshire from Harrogate

July 15, 2021

From Harrogate the coast is about 1.5 hours away.  

Scarborough, another Spa Town, is best known of the Yorkshire coastal resorts. At the North Bay is dominated by the  famous castle.  There is a  walk along the cliff top from 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.  Also at the North End 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 -   

The South Bay is better known to tourists and it here that you find the amusement arcades and the famous fish and chips. The strand is easy to access from the promenade. There are marked car parks.  Always extremely busy during school holidays and at weekends.

Filey and Bridlington are smaller resorts and have beautiful Sandy beaches. The strands and cliffs are great for walks - dogs are welcome at Filey provided you remember to pick up any excrement and to use the bins which have been specially provided.  Filey itself is a small pretty fishing 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 family restaurant serving local specialties including fish and chips, and from the car park there are lovely cliff top walks and a golf course. In Flamborough itself, a pretty village before you reach the Head - are several pubs serving food all day.

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 and the site of the famous synod.

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! Pony rides are available in high season - beloved by generations of children!

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.