The rocky beach of Ravenscar rests below dramatic cliffs and is rather remote. A trip here is ideal for history lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who want some peace and quiet.
The beach mostly consists of rock and makes a fantastic spot for fossil hunters to explore. However, be careful near the cliff face as falling rocks are a real danger.
History of Ravenscar Beach
Hundreds of years ago, Ravenscar was the site of a Roman signal station, due to sweeping views across the surrounding area. Such panoramic views later inspired the idea to transform this quaint patch of coast into a bustling Victorian seaside resort. However, this was never accomplished, and the hamlet of Ravenscar is now known as ‘the town that never was’. Nowadays, the beach is a serene spot to visit as there are not many other visitors and you can enjoy the seals and wonderful views without disturbance.
Things to do
The most exciting aspect of Ravenscar Beach is the fact that it is home to a large colony of seals. Throughout most of the year, you can spot seals lounging along the beach. Be sure to bring binoculars though, as most seals are seen bobbing in the sea or sunning themselves on the rock of Peak Steel. Please keep a minimum distance of 10 metres from the seals, and keep children close, to ensure that you do not distress the seals, as they pack a nasty bite. Noise should also be kept to a minimum.
During the months of June, July and November, you should be doubly wary on the beach as this is when most common seal and grey seal pups are born. At this time, a distance of 50 metres is recommended so as to not disturb the pups or their mothers.
The climb down to the Ravenscar Beach itself is very steep and rather difficult, so we do not recommend those with mobility issues to make this journey down. Furthermore, the beach itself is also rather slippery in places and uneven However, you can still spot seals and enjoy the stunning view from the cliff tops. Unfortunately, as there is no designated car park for the beach, visitors must park along the road. Consequently, there are no disabled access parking spaces.
Further sights of interest
If you are keen to really stretch your legs, you can follow along the Cleveland Way trail and stop off at the private beach of Hayburn Wykes, which offers similarly splendid views. Or you can head toward the iconic beach of Robin Hood’s Bay for a more quintessential beachside trip.