The Yorkshire Coast is one of the most popular parts of God’s Own Country, pulling in thousands of tourists over the summer period. But, The coast is not just for when the sun shines. There is plenty to explore in the winter months, especially if you’re in the know and can find the Yorkshire Coast lesser known spots that locals usually like to keep to themselves.
Route YC gas put together a list of hidden gems along the Yorkshire Coast in places such as Scarborough, Bridlington, and Whitby for you to explore. From historical sights, beautiful scenery and mysterious landmarks along the North’s rugged coastline there is something for everyone.
1. Patrington near Withernsea
Found in East Yorkshire, the quaint village lets you get back to nature. It’s right next to Blue Flag beaches that go for miles as well as a coastal nature reserve. You can also visit historic locations such as St Patrick’s Church – otherwise known as The Queen of Holderness.
2. May Beck and Falling Foss, Whitby
Fancy a brew underneath a 30ft waterfall? We’ll you can find it at Falling Foss, which is just outside of Whitby and away from the madness of Christmas. Found within the woodland, you can enjoy a serene trickling beck flowing along the path, which is sure to make you feel zen.
3. South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough
Scarborough is not just for beaches! Found on the South Cliff in Scarborough, South Cliff Gardens is a relaxing place to take a walk and relax beside beautiful sea views. It’s a beautiful place to take stock and admire nature.
4. Flamborough Head, Bridlington
Who needs the white cliffs of Dover? Flamborough Head’s chalk cliffs are our favourite place to visit, especially in the wintertime. If you get lucky, you might even spot groups of seals and the ‘drinking dinosaur’ along this beautiful coastline. There is a cafe to enjoy a brew after a brisk coastal walk as well.
5. Kilnsea Way, Withernsea
Have a wander along Spurn Point in East Yorkshire and visit the charming East Yorkshire village of Kilnsea. It is known for its part in World War I, and is a nice stop off before heading to the pub for a pint.
6. Hunmanby Gap, Filey
A great dog walking the beach, and the perfect beach if you like things a little quieter. It has huge expanses of sandy beaches and was voted as one of the best beaches in the world. it’s one of the Yorkshire Coast lesser known spots, and a great place to beat the crowds. Talk about a hidden gem, eh?
7. Forge Valley, Scarborough
Back to Scarborough, and to Forge Valley this time. It’s a great place for both walkers and cyclists. Split in two by the River Dervent the space is full of wildlife and natural flora. It’s home to many different trails so you can visit more than once.
8. The Cinder Track, Robin Hood’s Bay
The Cinder Track takes you to call the way from Scarborough to Whitby, but it’s recommended you join at Robin Hood’s Bag and supply follow the track north for fantastic sea and countryside views. t’s one of the Yorkshire Coast lesser known spots, but a real treat when you visit.
9. Ravenscar, Scarborough
Ravenscar is known for its rugged coastline and beautiful views, perfect for that Insta moment. You can go for a leisurely walk or a longer ramble along the clifftops, or head down to the rocky beaches for some fossil hunting.
10. Filey Brigg
An extraordinary natural landmark that should be on the top of everyone’s Christmas to-do list. It has 20 metre high steep cliffs made of pure sandstone and pure limestone. Filey Brigg is among Sites of Special Scientific Interest in North Yorkshire.
11. Saltwick Bay, Whitby
Saltwick Bay is a majestic piece of coastline that has glorious views of the sea. Not only that but it is packed full of history and a great place to walk off that Christmas dinner.
12. Hornsea South Beach
You have beautiful views of Flamborough Headland from the golden sand beach. You also have charming views of the promenade that stretches the whole length of the seafront. It’s one of the Yorkshire Coast lesser known spots, and also has a Victorian folly, which is perfect for bird watching and dog walking over the festive period.