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Traditional seaside charm alongside captivating natural landscapes

Runswick Bay

The picture-postcard seaside village of Runswick Bay is situated just 5 miles north of Whitby. Popular with both artists and tourists, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations.

Runswick Bay is a small village huddled at the northern end of the sweeping, sheltered bay. Pretty paved lanes weave their way around the village, lined with charming red-roofed stone-built cottages, a single pub and a quaint little café selling delightful homemade cakes and pastries. Split into two parts, the houses on the top of the cliffs contrast against the charming red-roofed cottages that roll down the cliff side to the seafront below. The beach at the bottom of the sloping road is regularly awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s Seaside Award.

North York Moors

The soft sandy beach, which once occupied a port holding with brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, boasting breath-taking sea views. Children and adults alike will love exploring the bay in search of fossils and mini beasts. A century ago saw the discovery of significant Jurassic remains in the bay that are now homed in Whitby Museum.

Runswick Bay’s beach welcomes your four-legged friends too so they can enjoy walking along the beautiful sandy shores with the whole family. For keen sea fishermen, Runswick Bay is also known as one of the best sea angling locations on the Yorkshire coast with some of the finest catch available during the winter months.

The village’s charming coastal heritage offers a beautiful insight to Runswick Bay’s navel history. The old RNLI lifeboat station is still a distinctive feature and if you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, the stone steps next to the station offer the perfect location to admire spectacular sea views.

The beauty and quintessential ambience of the village makes it a haven for artists looking for inspiration. One of Runswick Bay’s most popular and photographed thatched cottages is the focus of the village’s charm; its pretty exterior is beautifully contrasted by its location facing the elements.

“A pretty coastal destination offering you a charming village atmosphere, captivating coastal walks and breath-taking sea views…”

The area is steeped in impressive landscapes and exquisite natural beauty owing to its location in the North York Moors National Park. Here you can walk the routes winding around the bay or hike along the dramatic cliff top trails. rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cleveland Way Walk is a popular walking route along the Yorkshire coast. Head to Whitby or take the path to Staithes to see where Captain Cook apprenticed as a greengrocer before joining the Navy. Children will love exploring here too as the popular CBBC children’s show Old Jack’s Boat was filmed in this location.

With picturesque footpaths leading north and south on the Cleveland Way, this charming village is the perfect base for a relaxing break on the Yorkshire coast.

While you’re there

Cleveland Way

Follow this footpath along the Yorkshire Coast to Whitby and Staithes.

The Badger Hounds

Don't miss their fantastic Sunday lunch!

Runswick Bay Beach

A beautiful sandy bay backed by the charming unspoilt fishing village.

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