Backed by a rugged line of grassy cliffs, the wild beach of Cattersty Sands (also known as Skinningrove Beach) is a well-hidden gem found along the North Yorkshire coastline. At this tranquil beach, a good book and flask would not go amiss!
This gently shelving beach is largely empty all year-round, making it the perfect spot to unwind and get away from it all. With so much sandy shore and so few visitors, you can freely enjoy yourself without interruption. The white sand is very clean and is wonderful to picnic on, with splendid views out over the sea and a rocky 17th century pier.
It is a wonderful spot to visit for all the family, for the parents who want some peace and quiet to the kids who wish to run wild. At low tide, exposed rockpools are prime for exploring and many fossils are waiting to be found. Dogs can also freely enjoy the great length of the beach as well as splash in the sea. However, be sure to keep watch over little ones and don’t venture too far from shore as there are no lifeguard patrols.
What makes Cattersty Sands such a delight to visit is how unspoilt it is. Without the facilities and bustle typical of most other beaches, Cattersty Sands is wonderfully serene and the perfect place to recharge from daily life.
If you fancy exploring the Yorkshire coastline further, why not head to the charming Saltburn Beach? You can follow a scenic 4 mile coastal route, which takes about an hour to walk, or take a 10 minute drive.