Hopefully we’ve seen the back of all that torrential rain so we can finally get back to making the most of the North’s glorious beaches – whether it’s an isolated stretch of sand in Northumberland for a slow saunter, or a fun-packed day at a family-friendly seaside resort in Scarborough. Here’s our pick of six of the best beaches in the North East and Yorkshire to enjoy the (hopeful) return of the sunshine this weekend
North Bay – Scarborough
With it’s delightful sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and plentiful attractions, Scarborough is the quintessential British seaside resort. The town’s coastline is split into two bays – North and South – parted by a headland bearing the 12th-century Scarborough Castle. Less commercialised and with a distinctly wilder feel than the South Bay, North Bay offers a wide expanse of good quality sand (with a backdrop of the York Moors) – the perfect spot for a quick ice cream or an afternoon picnic. The northern end of the beach also boasts rocky outcrops, ideal for rock pooling. On the shore, brightly coloured beach huts sit prettily behind the esplanade and are available to hire all year round – offering a room with a view for a weekend to remember.
Druridge Bay – Northumberland
This magnificent seven mile-stretch of sand running from Amble to Cresswell is one of Northumberland’s most prized assets. Off the beaten track, yet within minutes of some of Northumberland’s best seaside towns, Druridge Bay offers calmness with convenience – allowing for a stress-busting stroll before you explore the award-winning cafés and vibrant harbour of nearby Amble. The bay itself is teeming with wildlife, with several nature reserves tucked behind its dunes housing flocks of wildfowl, making it a popular location for bird-watchers and photographers alike. Be it a day for snoozing on a deckchair or adventuring on the Northumberland coast, Druridge bay is one of the region’s most serene spots.
Filey Brigg – North Yorkshire
Explore the sand and limestone cliffs at Filey Brigg – a long, narrow peninsular situated just North of Flamborough. The five mile-long bay provides the perfect setting for a picnic underneath blue skies, or an evening stroll as the sun sets. On Filey’s seafront, there are a range of restaurants and cafés serving British classics like fish and chips or tea and scones. Visitors can also wander along the promenade and enjoy the Filey sculpture trail – a series of art works designed by sculptor Russ Coleman to reflect the town’s natural heritage. Despite being in touching distance of the bustling seafront, Filey Brigg retains an air of tranquility with it’s rural terrain and panoramic views, making it a fitting place to enjoy the last of the summer sun.
Beadnell Bay – Northumberland
Recently placed in Britain’s top 20 beaches, Beadnell Bay has all you could wish for from a seaside trip. This fishing village – often overshadowed by it’s bigger and ostensibly better-known neighbour of Bamburgh – packs a punch of its own, thanks to its gorgeous south-facing stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. The bay’s horseshoe shape shelters the beach from coastal winds, prolonging the summer climates and providing the perfect place for a spot of kayaking or paddle boarding.
Sandsend Beach – Whitby
The picturesque village of Sandsend sits on Yorkshire’s heritage coastline, between Runswick Bay and Whitby. The perfect destination for a family day out, the two rivers running either side of the beach provide safe paddling and boating for children of all ages. In good weather, Sandsend beach boasts fantastic views down the coast towards the romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey – perfect for those looking for a nostalgic day out. On the sand’s fringes, there are a variety of dainty beach cafés overlooking the shore.
Marsden Bay – South Shields
If you’re searching for a secret cove with Instagrammable qualities, look no further. Marsden Bay, with its towering rock and dramatic cliff edges, is a stunning part of the North East coastline – renowned for its gorgeous views and tranquil surroundings. Just a hop skip and jump from the busy tourist town of South Shields, the limestone stacks and caves of the bay will transport you to the Portuguese Algarve as you routinely reach for your phone to take a few snaps. Above the bay is The Leas – a two mile stretch housing Souter Lighthouse at it’s end – where you can climb it’s 76 steps and soak up magnificent views of the North East coastline.