Nestled beside the River Esk, you will discover the sweet beach of Tates Hill. The name on maps used for the beaches in this area is Whitby Beach. However, Whitby Beach actually consists of two separate beaches either side of the River Esk! The first of which is Tates Hill Beach, which is located Eastwards. The second beach of West Cliff is tucked along the West Pier.
What is Tates Hill Beach like?
Tates Hill is a small, sheltered beach with a stunning sandy shoreline. This pleasant shore is a wonderful spot for sandcastle building and general mucking about. It is also dog friendly all year round, so you don’t have to worry about leaving any members of your family behind!
It is the less busy beach of the two, meaning there is no crowded coastline! You can catch a break from the hubbub of the bustling town centre, without having to fight for a comfortable spot on the sands. Though, it is conveniently situated just ahead of Church Street and Henrietta Street. Here you can peruse numerous independent shops and visit the world-famous smokehouse of Fortunes Kippers.
From the beach you can admire the gothic beauty of Whitby Abbey atop the craggy cliffside, without having to scramble up its infamous 199 steps! There are also pleasant views out across the old town of Whitby itself, with its quaint, red-roofed homes and splendid harbour.
Further points of interest
If you stroll westwards, you can sample all that West Cliff Beach has to offer. This beach is a bit livelier and has more family-centred amenities for you to enjoy. History lovers should also swing by the Whitby Museum, which houses numerous Victorian and prehistoric artefacts. Wherever you go, you’ll be sure to have a blast at this gem of the Yorkshire Coast!