Hidden Yorkshire cove with sparkling waterfalls is picnic perfect

It’s a hidden gem but one that is worth seeking out if you are stuck for a beach destination that offers something different this summer.

The kids will think they are on a real adventure if you take them to out-of-the-way Hayburn Wyke, where a wooded valley stretches down to a magnificent rocky inlet complete with waterfalls that tumble straight onto the beach.

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With jetting abroad during the school holidays still extremely complicated, Hayburn Wyke could be a great family day out, writes Yorkshire Live, with a picnic here a necessity.

Just north of Scarborough, most people would miss this tucked away spot as they head for the more popular (and busy) centres of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.



The peaceful Hayburn Wyke, just north of Scarborough, on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast
The peaceful Hayburn Wyke, just north of Scarborough, on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast

There is a coastal path that dips down through a short stretch of woodland and when you emerge on to the cove, you are greeted with a pair of mesmerising waterfalls.

The curving bay here is made up of rocks and small boulders, making it great for searching for fossils but less so for building sandcastles.

The cove is ideal for children, who can spend hours exploring the different coloured rocks and pebbles and even some of the sea wildlife.

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Down on the shore, marine creatures, left stranded by the receding tide, find refuge in the shallow rock pools. Darting blennies and butterfish share their temporary home with mussels and the occasional crab.

Further out, beyond the waves, huge kelp forests provide a tangled habitat that adds to the prolific biodiversity of this enchanting coastline.

The beach is just off the Cleveland Way walking route and can also be reached via the Cinder Track, a disused railway track which runs between Scarborough and Whitby.

The somewhat strange name Hayburn Wyke gives some clues as to the area’s history.

Hayburn is an Anglo Saxon word meaning “hunting enclosure by a stream” and Wyke is the Norse word for “sea inlet or creek”, which combine to describe the landscape of Hayburn Wyke as we know it today.



A wooded valley opens out onto a cove at Hayburn Wyke
A wooded valley opens out onto a cove at Hayburn Wyke

Recent reviewers on TripAdvisor have praised the local pub, the Hayburn Wyke Inn in Cloughton, for having “reasonable prices” and “good Covid measures”.

One five star review titled “Beautiful spot” read: “Visited at the weekend, amazing Yorkshire pudding wrap.

“Service was spot on, everything well organised and quick service. Plenty of seating outside and dog friendly. Parking on site. Beautiful spot, will definitely be returning very soon!”

The surrounding woodland offers lots of different walks for all ages with a chance to watch the wildlife, with rare birds, deer, badgers and foxes commonly found in the area.