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Whilst perhaps lesser known than other sites in the Whitby area, the vast expanse of Sandsend beach has a stunning backdrop of grassy cliffs, and a pretty, quieter feel.

This part sandy, part shingly beach provides a delightful play environment for all the family so make sure you bring buckets, spades and crab nets. The freshwater streams that run across the beach to the sea provide perfect pools for dinghies, or for paddling in, while this part of the coastline is also popular with fossil collectors. You may also find you’re sharing the beach with some more unusual visitors, too, since ducks and pheasants arrive with the water from the beck. The waves can be fierce here making Sandsend something of a surfing mecca. 

Sandsend Beach is accessible via a bracing walk from Whitby since Whitby sands are directly connected, but check the tides first. 

Other beaches to explore in the North

Scarborough South Bay Beach 

Whitley Bay - Newcastle 

Other activities in this area

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Peasholm Park - Scarborough  


How to get here

Nearest train station: Whitby

Distance from train station: 2.9 miles


The Parade, Sandsend, Whitby, YO21 3SZ

What to know before you go

Take note of the tides because you can get cut off if you head around the ness


Dogs are restricted to certain areas on this beach May to September

Lifeguard in high season

Toilets and parking, beachside cafes and shops

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