The Yorkshire Coast: Whitby & Runswick Bay

When  you think holiday, you very often think seaside or beach. Not all holidays of course but they do seem synonymous. For our holiday to Yorkshire I knew that most of our days would be spent exploring the countryside inland, but, Monkey does love the seaside so I wanted to see what the Yorkshire coast offered us in terms of beautiful beaches, and we were not disappointed.

We kept an eye on the weather forecast and chose the best day weather-wise to head to the coast, as we knew it may be a little chilly or breezy compared to inland. First stop was Whitby. Hubs had been before many years ago but I had never been and it was a gorgeous day and Whitby is a lovely seaside town and really picturesque.


It is also very hilly! We were in Yorkshire so I know I shouldn’t be surprised but pushing the buggy up some of the steep hills definitely gave my legs a good workout compared to the flats area that we live in! We loved the view from the clifftops down to the lovely beach below and across to the aAbbey. After visiting Fountains Abbey we decided not to see Whitby Abbey up close and focused on the town itself, having a lovely wander round, and we stopped at a gorgeous child friendly café for lunch.


We then headed a little further North up the coast towards a little place I had found called Runswick Bay. A lovely small fishing village in beautiful enclosed bay with a gorgeous sandy beach. It was a lovely day and with the bay being enclosed we were very protected from any coastal breezes and had a lovely time.

Runswick Bay

It was LM’s first time on a beach and she was good as gold lying in the shade of our wind protector while Monkey and Daddy had a whale of a time making castles and exploring the beach.

Runswick Bay 2

It was such a beautiful spot and I was so glad we found it. The hill to get to the beach is massively steep though so worth bearing that in mind when thinking about carrying things/children.


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21 thoughts on “The Yorkshire Coast: Whitby & Runswick Bay

  1. Living in Cornwall when we go away we don’t tend to visit many beaches, this definitely looks like one that shouldn’t be missed if people are ever around that area though, it’s truly beautiful. You really managed to pick a good day for a beach trip too, well done! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  2. I love your photos. Whitby is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit. I have friends that have been there and they love it. The beach at Runswick Bay looks lovely too, it’s great you got to build some sandcastles. #CountryKids

  3. We visited Yorkshire last week on our holidays too, however we went to Scarborough down the road as opposed to Whitby – we’ll be going back after seeing this post! 🙂 #CountryKids

  4. what amazing scenery. I love the beach. I keep wishing it would get warm enough for me ot jump in :0) stopping by from Country Kids of Coombe Mill blog hop

  5. Oh, sometimes nothing beats a good old trip to a British seaside and Runswick looks stunning. I’ve never been to Whitby before, in fact I’ve rarely explored much of Yorkshire, but you forget sometimes how stunning places are in your own country! What a lovely day out you all had – so lucky with the weather, too! Thanks so much for linking up with the first ever #MondayEscapes x

  6. Ohh.. thanks for sharing! We love Whitby but we’ve never been to Runswick Bay. The beach there looks great for kids and it’s on our ‘to do’ list now. Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily I’ve added the post to our Pinterest board.

  7. Beautiful photos! It looks like you had a lovely day at the Yorkshire seaside. I can’t believe it was warm enough to go in the sea. I am really looking forward to warmer weather and a beautiful day at the seaside. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  9. Ahhhh I love this post – I grew up on the Yorkshire coast and seeing these pics bring back so many memories! I am so glad you enjoyed it, I too love a good little fishing village/bay, theres always such a special feel there. Would love to raise my kids on the coast but not ideal for good jobs for the Hubs *sigh*! Great post #YorkshireFamily xx

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