7 secret and secluded Yorkshire beaches perfect for sunny days

Updated: Jul 7

Many of us are yearning to relax on the beautiful beaches of our European vacation locations while sipping a beverage and soaking up the rays.

When you live where we do, however, there's no need to plan a flight. It's all possible in Yorkshire, and it's all free of the hurry and bustle of large crowds.

While we're all familiar with the excitement that Scarborough has to offer, the Yorkshire Coast boasts an abundance of hidden gems that are breathtakingly gorgeous.

If you're going to visit them, keep in mind that they're hidden gems, thus it's more vital than ever to leave them undamaged and litter-free.

Runswick Bay

With its long, sheltered bay and lovely red roof cottages, Runswick Bay is one of the loveliest places on the Yorkshire Coast. The sandy beach, which previously served as a mooring for brilliantly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil digging, and coastal hikes with beautiful sea views.

Runswick Bay was just crowned Britain's best beach in The Times and Sunday Times Travel's top 50 list of the country's best beaches. Sandsend

The lovely small community of Sandsend is just around the corner from Whitby. It's so close, in fact, that you can see Whitby Pier and Whitby Abbey from the beach! If you're seeking for a serene vacation from the rush and bustle of everyday life, Sandsend is the place to go. This is an excellent location for individuals who enjoy walking and cycling as well as those seeking peace and relaxation.

Clayton Bay

Cayton Bay, tucked between the well-known resorts of Scarborough and Filey, offers a lovely wide sweeping beach and is a favourite camping and caravanning site! It's a terrific spot for families, couples, and friends because it has a year-round dog-friendly beach, clean water, reasonable parking, and great facilities!

A excellent place to go exploring because you can often uncover a fossil or two in the rocks beneath the cliffs! Its stunningly secluded position also makes it a great spot for relaxing and unwinding; just remember to bring a picnic! Cayton Bay is a surfers' favourite, and it's also a popular choice for both professionals and beginners.

North Landing (Flamborough) Beach

North Landing's modest, attractive beach is surrounded by grassy hills and is flanked by gorgeous chalk cliffs. It's about 7 miles south-east of Reighton, in a natural bay on the north side of the Flamborough headland.

Soft sand and pebbles make up the beach here. At low tide, the rockpools can be a fantastic site to look for marine life, although caution is advised because the rocks can become very slippery.

Despite the lack of lifeguards, bathers and snorkelers flock to the beach throughout the summer.

Boggle Hole

The old fishing and smuggling community of Robin Hood's Bay has a lot larger reputation than its small size suggests, and you'll quickly discover why if you spend some time here. Fantastic views from the top of the hamlet, evocative alleys down by the quayside, and a vast bay and soaring cliffs beyond — every visitor is struck by the sense of history and grandeur.

Please note that there is no vehicular access to the historic settlement. There are parking lots at the top of the bank, but it's a steep descent... and upward!

Cattersty Sands

Cattersty Sands is a long shingle and sand beach located about halfway between Hartlepool and Whitby. It has beautiful views and is in a relatively secluded location.

A rocky pier, which dates back to the area's mining days, runs parallel to the shore.

Iron ore mining has a long history in this part of Yorkshire. The ancient jetty was constructed in 1886 to load steamboats carrying ore to Middlesbrough. The neighbouring Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is a fun diversion with a picnic space in the courtyard.