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The white sandy beach of Runswick Bay is a must-see and is one of the most splendid spots along the Yorkshire coast. Indeed, it was even awarded ‘Best Beach in Britain’ in 2020, and when dipping your toes into shimmering waters or getting some sun on the clean sandy shoreline, you can easily understand this reputation.

What is Runswick Bay like?

The great length of Runswick Bay is the perfect spot to whittle away the time. Enjoy coastal strolls and picture-perfect views of unspoilt shore nestled against the colourful fishing village of Runswick.

There is plenty of sand for children to play in as well as many rock-pools to investigate, so be sure to pack spades and nets! Small adventurers can also hunt for fossils, which the area is reputed for, and brave the Hob Holes, a series of caves believed to house healing goblins.

Runswick Bay is a favourite amongst water-sport enthusiasts and if you’d like to get your feet wet, you can try your hand at kayaking, sailing, water-skiing or canoeing. Though, the bay is also known to be a very safe spot for good old swimming!

You can look out to the sea and take in views of fishermen casting their nets and if you’re lucky you may even spot bottlenose dolphins or a seal or two!

Further points of interest

Keen walkers can amble along coastal paths to reach other nearby beaches. Whitby Beach is about 8.7 miles away from Runswick Bay whilst the iconic Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is 13 miles away. Though if you aren’t looking for long-distance walks, you can follow a short amble to North York Moors National Park or head toward Staithes Beach, a much quieter spot to relax at.

Q Is Runswick Bay dog friendly?

Dogs are permitted at Runswick Bay Beach all year round and can enjoy the entirety of the sandy shoreline.

Q Is there parking available at Runswick Bay?

There is a car park that visitors can use in the lower end of the village of Runswick, close to the beach. There are only 80 spaces and no disabled parking bays. The car park is open 24 hours a day all year round and a day long parking ticket costs £6.

Q Are there toilets at Runswick Bay?

You can use public toilets at the beach at Bank Bottom.

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