From historic seaside resorts to magnificent beaches, quaint fishing villages to incredible cliffs, the stunning Yorkshire Coast has something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Whether you want to tuck into a traditional Fish and Chips by the beach with the family or embrace your adventurous side with a cycle through the rolling countryside, the Yorkshire coast is the perfect spot for a UK staycation and one of the best places in Europe to visit for a relaxing escape. Each year millions of visitors head to this idyllic region and if you’re thinking of joining them check out our guide to the best things to see and do in the area below.
Cycle The Cinder Track
Yorkshire isn’t affectionately referred to as ‘God’s own county’ for no reason. In fact, the UK’s largest county is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.
To truly appreciate some of the Yorkshire coast’s most spectacular views hop on your bike and cycle the Cinder Track.
The Cinder Tracks follows the old railway line between Scarborough- Whitby and stretches across 21 miles. For most of the route you will be journeying across flat, off-road terrain so less-experienced cyclists don’t have to worry about scaling any steep mountains.
Along your journey you’ll encounter the Old Cloughton Station tea garden; be sure to take a break here and grab a brew as you admire the views across Robin Hood’s Bay.
If you’re not planning to bring a bike with you, cycle hire can be organised from Trailways which is not far from the old Hawsker railway station.
Hop on a magical train ride
Another great way to admire the Yorkshire coast’s famous scenery is by hopping on a train for the day. The North Yorkshire Moors train to Pickering is a popular option for tourists, as well as the Esk Valley Railway that will transport you through the centre of the glorious North York Moors, right through to Middlesborough.
Day return tickets are available for both train routes and if you don’t want to complete the full line then hop off at one of the charming villages such as Goathland. Here you can explore the surrounding countryside at your leisure, stopping for a pint of Yorkshire ale at a traditional Inn.
Keep in mind that you should always check for updated timetables because services on Sundays or Bank Holidays may be limited.
Pack a picnic and head to Falling Foss Waterfall
Although visiting Scarborough, the UK’s oldest seaside resort, is high on many people’s Yorkshire coast bucket list, consider visiting the amazing Falling Foss Waterfall, one of the region’s many spectacular hidden gems.
Jump on your bike or drive the near-seven miles west to May Beck where you’ll find the magical woodland walk access point to Falling Foss waterfall. Pack a picnic and perch yourself down here for hours, particularly in the Autumn when the fallen leaves create a picture-perfect setting.
If you’ve run out of sandwiches, or you fancy a sweet treat, head to the nearby woodland tea garden where you can put your feet up and enjoy a delicious Yorkshire tea served with homemade cakes.
Fish & Chips at Star Inn The Harbour
Finally, no trip to the Yorkshire Coast would truly be complete without tucking into traditional fish and chips or a scrumptious seafood platter.
The Star Inn The Harbour proudly ranks as one of the best restaurants in Whitby, and with good reason too.
Inspired by the culinary expertise of Michelin-starred cook Andrew Pern, who calls Whitby home, diners here will be treated to a celebration of vibrant, locally sourced fish and meat plates, including catch-of-the-day fish specials made with world famous North Yorkshire Moors produce.
Choose from a succulent seafood platter, consisting of crab, salmon and mussels or tuck into traditional cod or haddock and chips, fried in an incredible gluten-free batter.
Nestled in an idyllic harbourside setting, there’s no better place to relax and enjoy panoramic views across the sea.