Yorkshire is an enchanting county that offers something for everyone, from vibrant cities to unspoiled countryside. The coast of Yorkshire has long held a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, with its stunning views, secluded coves, and rugged cliffs. If you’re looking to explore some of the best coastal walks Yorkshire has to offer, then read on!
Scarborough Castle Headland - This incredible walk takes you along a section of the Cleveland Way National Trail which runs around the North York Moors National Park. Starting at Scarborough Castle Headland, you'll be treated to magnificent views over the North Sea as you take in this part of Yorkshire’s coastline. The path then leads you past a number of interesting historical sites such as Ravenscar Roman Signal Station before taking you through secluded woodland areas back to your starting point.
Flamborough Head - This 5-mile circular walk is one of the most popular coastal walks in Yorkshire and it’s not hard to see why! It offers breathtaking views along the clifftop path as well as plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities from puffins and seals to kittiwakes and guillemots. You will also be able to admire lighthouses standing proudly at either end of Flamborough Head. When you reach Bempton Cliffs, there are wooden steps leading down into a hidden cove – perfect for exploring on a sunny day!
Whitby West Cliff Walk - This 4-mile walk takes you along the cliff tops between Whitby Abbey and Sandsend beach via Kettleness Point – one of Whitby's iconic landmarks. As well as offering wonderful views over Robin Hood's Bay, this route also takes in some spectacularly dramatic scenery including high limestone cliffs and abandoned lime kilns – remnants from an industry that thrived here during Victorian times.. You may even spot some dolphins playing off shore if you keep your eyes peeled!
Filey Brigg & Bempton Cliffs - This 5-mile circular walk is ideal for those who want to explore the area around Filey Brigg – a rocky promontory that juts out into the sea just south east of Filey town centre. The route takes you along part of the Cleveland Way National Trail where you can marvel at stunning limestone cliffs home to thousands upon thousands of nesting seabirds between April and August each year! Keep your eyes open too for seals bobbing around in Filey Bay below – they are often spotted here during winter months when they come inshore from St Mary’s Island further down the coast..
Ravenscar & Hayburn Wyke - Enjoy this pleasant 4-mile stroll along a clifftop path with breathtaking views across Robin Hood's Bay towards Hayburn Wyke Nature Reserve – one of Yorkshire's best kept secret spots! This quiet little corner is accessible only by foot so make sure to take your time exploring it using one or both ends of this lovely coastal walk route near Ravenscar village.. Stroll through ancient woodland full of wildflowers before emerging onto a wide sandy beach surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs – perfect for an afternoon picnic with friends or family! 6. Bridlington South Beach - For those who prefer shorter walks but still want to enjoy some beautiful coastal scenery, try this 2-mile stroll along
Bridlington South Beach! Although it may seem short compared with others on this list, it packs plenty into its length including sweeping sand dunes interspersed with patches of grassland; unique rock formations; stunning vistas across Bridlington Harbour; plus lots more besides!. You can even treat yourself afterwards by indulging in some delicious fish & chips at one or two local restaurants located right beside the beach itself – always a winner after any good hike!
Whether you're looking for something short & sweet or longer hikes with plenty of interesting sights along the way, these 6 coastal walks offer something for everyone looking to explore what Yorkshire's coastline has to offer! So grab your walking boots (or perhaps flip flops if it’s hot enough!) and get exploring today – we promise that whichever route(s) you choose will not disappoint!