On the sands

A guide to some of East Yorkshire's best beaches.

Whether you're exploring rockpools, catching your own razor clams or just taking in the scenery with a stroll along the sands, the East Yorkshire Coast has a wide variety of fascinating beaches waiting for you.

Visit the map of the East Yorkshire Coast on this website to see this information plotted by location.

Flamborough North Landing Beach
North Beach, Flamborough, YO15 1BJ

Located on the north side of the magnificent Flamborough Headland. North Landing beach is a beautiful expanse of sand, white pebbles and rock pools. It is a perfect spot for a family day out where you can have a picnic.

Flamborough South Landing Beach
South Landing Beach, Flamborough, YO15 1PQ

Located on the south side of the Flamborough Headland overlooking Bridlington Bay. South Landing beach is a beautiful expanse of sand and white pebbles and is superb for rock pooling. Close by the Living Seas Centre, the area includes a woodland nature trail and wild flower meadow. The nature trail winds its way along a wooded valley that is a mecca for migrating birds in spring and autumn and has over 350 species of wild flowers. Along the cliff tops, there are panoramic sea views due south, an unusual experience on the Yorkshire coast.

Bridlington North Beach
Bridlington, YO15 2LS

Bridlington North is an award winning Blue Flag sand and shingle beach surrounded by wide promenades backed against the impressive Flamborough cliffs. Bridlington is the ideal location to relax and just watch the constant bustle of the busy harbour or browse around the splendid array of boats. The promenade hosts fairground rides, amusements and a wide selection of places to eat and drink.

Bridlington South Beach
Bridlington, YO15 3BZ

Beginning at the Spa where the summer season is packed with entertainment for all tastes and ages, the golden sands of Bridlington Bay extend south towards Spurn Point at the mouth of the River Humber. Beach huts and a few family attractions line the promenade which also features text-based artwork embedded in the paving. Bridlington South Beach was given a Quality Coast Bucket and Spade Award for the first time this year.

Wilsthorpe Beach
Wilsthorpe, YO15 3QD

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Bridlington beach, visit nearby Wilsthorpe beach. It is a beautiful expanse of golden sand that is backed by dunes and low cliffs. It is an ideal spot for a long stroll, swimming and wildlife watching.

Barmston Beach
Sands Lane, Barmston, YO25 8PJ

Retaining its Quality Coast Away from it All Award wiith over 2Km of long clear sands, Barmston is the perfect beach for relaxing, playing and walking. Backed by low cliffs that host sand martins from April to September, the beach is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Barmston beach offers a great mix of rural charm with good local facilities. With a family friendly caravan park next to the beach Barmston is the ideal spot for an extended holiday or simply a great day out.

Skipsea Beach
Bridlington, YO25 8TY

Retaining its Quality Coast Away from it All Award, Skipsea beach is a long narrow stretch of sand that has long been popular with holiday makers for a great day out at the seaside, and it's rural location means that it is ideal for those looking for a quieter beach with a more relaxed atmosphere. Nearby is the site of Skipsea Castle - this castle was built in 1086 but unfortunately only earthworks remain as the castle was destroyed in the 13th century.

Hornsea Beach
Hornsea, HU18 1TE

The beach at Hornsea is made up of fine golden sand and shingle, and features a newly-developed promenade including a children's paddling pool, cafe and traditional fish and chip shops (of course!). Hornsea has maintained its Blue Flag status. To earn a Blue Flag, beaches must meet all the strict criteria across a range of measurements, such as water quality, beach cleanliness and information on safety and well-managed facilities. To the north is the picturesque Flamborough headland and stretching to the south, Spurn Point at the entrance to the River Humber. The beach marks one end of the Trans-Pennine Trail, which passes close to Hornsea Mere, the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire. The nearby town, famous for its pottery, is a conservation area with historic houses dating to the 15th century and a parish church from the 12th century.

Withernsea Beach
Withernsea, HU19 2HT

The traditional holiday resort of Withernsea sports a recently redesigned and attractively rebuilt promenade. Towering 127 feet above the resort is the famous in-land lighthouse featuring a museum with it's tribute to the actress Kay Kendall. Withernsea beach has maintained its Blue Flag status. To earn a Blue Flag, beaches must meet all the strict criteria across a range of measurements, such as water quality, beach cleanliness and information on safety and well-managed facilities.

Text courtesy of VHEY with additional text by Adrian Riley.




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