It’ll come as no surprise to locals that Yorkshire beaches are among the best in the UK – with a beautiful coastline and some iconic cliff walks, Yorkshire beaches stand up even among the rest of the world. We’ll take North Beach in Brid over the white sands of Antigua any day – purely for the fish and chips. And it looks like Chris Haslam, the Times travel writer, agrees – compiling his annual beach guide (which he’s been doing since 2008) and including some of Yorkshire’s finest.
Topping the list is Runswick Bay, which he describes as ‘close to perfection’. Some of his highlights were it’s serene and spacious beaches, the rockpools and its facilities such as toilets, paddleboard and kayak centre, along with the fantastic fishing spots. He also commends the parking costs, £5.30 per day, and there are only 80 spaces.
Spurn Point and Fraisthorpe also made the list. Fraisthorpe near Bridlington was just a stone’s throw from us growing up and is the very place we’d spend most summers – so naturally, we have to agree. It boasts beautiful sandy beaches, great cliffs and old WWII lookout points for exploring. Other beaches and places of interest mentioned were Hunmanby Gap, near Bempton Cliffs and Marske-by-the-Sea, near Redcar.
He also mentions the chance of spotting bottlenose dolphins, which have been seen a lot around the Bridlington area, and have also made their way up to Whitby in recent weeks.
To be featured in the list, Haslam’s looks for a range of features such as water quality, safety, cleanliness, access and facilities, as well as features such as rockpools, deckchair rental, waterfalls, caves and membership of the Beach Clean network.
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