The gently sloping beach of Wilsthorpe sits along the Yorkshire coast and is largely unspoilt. It is just the spot to be if you’re longing for the sea, some sand and most of all, quiet!

What is Wilsthorpe Beach like?

When the tide is out, a substantial expanse of beach is exposed, revealing large swathes of sand for you to stretch your legs on. The sand is great to muck about in and is perfect sandcastle material – so be sure to pack some buckets and spades for little explorers! At high tide, you can still enjoy some low grassy dunes atop the beach. These dunes make for a lovely picnic spot. Though do be sure to check tide times beforehand to get the most out of your visit.

The shallow waters and panoramic views make Wilsthorpe a wonderful spot for a splash about in the sea. Sweeping views out across the sand mean you can keep watch over little ones with ease.

The Yorkshire Coast was heavily fortified during the Second World War to protect against invasion efforts. You can still see some evidence of such fortifications here at Wilsthorpe Beach, where the remains of anti-tank blocks lie. Such physical historical evidence makes for some great hands-on history lessons!


Wilsthorpe is a gentle beach which can be enjoyed by all the family, with access via a concrete slipway as opposed to scary steep paths. The miles of sand is quite hardpacked, meaning that pushchair and wheelchair users can go down onto the beach itself.

Further points of interest

If you fancy a longer stroll, you can easily journey to the noisy neighbours of Fraisthorpe Beach or the seaside town of Bridlington. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be sure to have a quality day out!

Q Is Wilsthorpe Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are permitted at the beach all year round.

Q How long is Wilsthorpe Beach?

Wilsthorpe Beach stretches on for 1.8 kilometres. Though the boundary between Wilsthorpe Beach and Fraisthorpe Beach is difficult to discern!

Q Is there parking available at Wilsthorpe Beach?

There is some free parking available to visitors, though it is quite limited. There are some larger car parks also near the beach, though you must buy a ticket to park there.

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Q What facilities are available at Wilsthorpe Beach?

There are some cafés and toilets that you can use here. There is also a caravan park near the beach. However, Wilsthorpe is a quaint hamlet, so there aren't many amenities of facilities available here. You can head toward the nearby town of Bridlington for further amenities.

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