Backed by chalk and clay cliffs along Filey Bay, you will find the sandy beach of Reighton Sands.

What is Reighton Sands Beach like?

This Yorkshire gem comprises of long swathes of flat golden sand, making it ideal for an active day out. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the shoreline and feel invigorated by the wind whipping at your hair. At low tide, there is lots of sand for you to enjoy and muck about in, so be sure to bring some buckets and spades!

Many fossils are also waiting to be found and plundered, though be careful near the cliff edge as falling rocks are a real danger. The clear waters are perfect for a paddle, and there is over a kilometre of bathing waters for you to splash about in.

Reighton Sands was heavily fortified during the Second World War as part of anti-invasion efforts. Indeed, it was one of the most fortified patches of the Yorkshire Coast and you can still see the remains of pillboxes and slit trenches today.

With picture-perfect views out across the unspoilt shore, this gently sloping beach is a delight to visit. You can also wander along the clifftops and enjoy a picnic from your vantage point, though be sure not to get too close to the edge.


The path down to the beach follows a very steep hill, so those with mobility issues may find the journey quite difficult. However, a free land train is in operation to  shuttle you down and bring you back up. Additionally, handrails are provided. The path is tarmacked and evenly-levelled and leads directly down to the beach. Therefore, the site may not be suitable for wheelchair users but suitable for pushchair users, with support. The beach is also rather flat, so pushchair users could enjoy it without too much trouble.

Further points of interest

The surrounding coastline is well worth some further exploration. Head southwards and you can even spot the remains of The Laura. The area was once a key site for trade. Unfortunately, in 1897, the Austrian trade ship ‘The Laura’ hurtled into Reighton Sands, leaving behind some dramatic ship-wreckage. You can also follow a coastal trail to the magnificent beach of Filey.

Q Is Reighton Sands Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are permitted at Reighton Sands Beach all year round.

Q What facilities are avilable at Reighton Sands Beach?

There is a café near the ramp leading to the beach. There is also a nearby campsite. The neighbouring villages of Hummanbay and Primrose Valley have further facilities for you to use, including an amusement centre and numerous pubs.

Q Is there parking available at Reighton Sands Beach?

There is parking available at the end of Sands Road near the beach itself. Further parking is also available at the nearby café.

Q Are there toilets available nearby?

There are some toilets available at the nearby cafés. Other public toilets are also available. However, you must trek back up the steep hill to reach said toilets. Therefore, they are not easily accessible, and there are none directly beside the seafront.

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