Yorkshire beach bags bragging rights as top hidden UK location

Whitby Sandsend beach has been named as one of the top 20 best secret beaches in the UK.

The 20 beaches were chosen based on aggregate previous media scores and official Blue Flag locations. They were then ranked by experts from Enjoy Travel and their sister brand Big 7 Travel .

Whitby Sandsend beach is a three mile-long sandy stretch of sand from Whitby centre to the far end of the town of Sandsend and boasts of two high tides a day.

A small estuary marks the end of the beach at Sandsend and is described by Enjoy Travel as ‘popular for paddling, building sand castles and searching for crabs’.



A sight to behold: Whitby Sandsend Beach, as viewed from The Churchyard, Whitby.
A sight to behold: Whitby Sandsend Beach.

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Enjoy Travel ’s profile of Whitby Sandsend admits it’s ‘not the most secret of North Yorkshire’s beaches’. But it’s close to ‘good amenities’, including Sandsend café, whose fresh crab sandwich offering is highlighted.

Nearby accommodation options include Sandsend Bay Cottages, Raithwaite Estate, Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel and a small selection of independent cottages.

To drive to Whitby from Hull, the quickest route is to drive toward Pickering via the A1079 and B1248, before taking the A169 through Pickering to Whitby.

Past Pickering is the breathtaking scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.



This is how seagulls view the beach at Sandsend.
A bird’s eye view of Sandsend.

You can alternatively take a longer, more coastal route, taking the A165 to Scarborough and A171 from there to Whitby.

To reach Whitby by public transport from Hull, one option is to take a Yorkshire Coast Line train to Scarborough. From there, you can take the X93/94 bus via Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby.

Close to Robin Hood’s Bay is Ravenscar, a known spot for seal watching.

To get to Whitby by car from York, take the A64 and turn off for Pickering on the A170.



A busy Whitby beach during the brief July 2021 heatwave.
People out and about in Whitby during the July heatwave, three weeks ago. Weather hot sunny sunshine summer

Whitby is also on the Esk Valley railway line and is directly connected to York by the 840 bus.

Whitby Westcliff near the coastal town is the part of the beach with Blue Flag status from 15 May-30 September.

Awarded by the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education, a Blue Flag beach meets standards on clean bathing water, lifeguard patrols, public toilet facilities and other criteria.

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