With travel abroad looking uncertain again this summer, the classic British Staycation is set to remain popular. From your convenient and comfortable base at Staxton Vale Lodges, multiple award-winning beaches are within easy reach. Or, if a secluded cove is more your style, there are plenty of quieter spots to choose from too. Here are our top 5 recommendations of sandy stretches near Scarborough to explore this summer.
Scarborough North Bay
Of Scarborough’s two famous beaches, North bay is the larger, a little further from the busy town centre and lined with multi-coloured beach huts. Frequented by extended families and boasting favourable surfing conditions, this beach has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Just a short way from Filey is the glorious hidden gem of Hunmanby Gap. A stunning expanse of golden sand, often entirely deserted but for a handful of dog walkers, Hunmanby Gap is a beautiful and secluded beach with views either way down the coastline for miles on a clear day.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is the name of the picture-perfect fishing village which winds down the hill towards the beach it takes its name from. Though it’s a little further north up the coast, this unique and characterful idyll is well worth the trip. With cobbled streets to amble down, ice-cream aplenty and rock pools to splash about in, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied for an afternoon.
This beach really does have it all. With the nesting birds of Bempton Cliffs at one end and the prehistoric peninsula of Filey Brigg at the other, there is no shortage of scenery or activity to keep your whole family entertained. A favourite of dog-walkers, sunbathers and swimmers, this is one of the jewels in the East Coast’s crown.
Situated midway between Scarborough and Filey, Cayton Bay is a small but perfectly formed beach, popular with locals and holiday-makers alike. Reaching the sand requires a clamber down the cliffs but the beach that greets you is peaceful and laid back – the perfect complement to a lively day in Scarborough itself.