Whitby Beach

Pier Road Whitby YO21 3PU

When the tide's out Whitby revels in three miles of fine sand beach, stretching from the harbour entrance down to the little hamlet of Sandsend (where there's a pub, the Hart Inn – a good target for a longer walk). A few donkeys in summer, a café or two and a row of colourful beach huts comprise the beach facilities, but who needs any more on a blue-skied day with white clouds scudding across the sea? At any time of the year you'll also see hardy surfers out catching the waves – this part of the north Yorkshire coast is a well-known surf hangout.

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