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Pretty coastal village on the Cleveland Way, close to Whitby

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Located on the North Yorkshire coast, just outside of Whitby, this gorgeous little village stretches along a sweep of pristine sandy beach, divided by a stream running into the sea. With a small but excellent choice of eateries, from tea rooms and sea food huts to fine restaurants, Sandsend makes a brilliant holiday destination for both families and couples. There is so much to see, do and explore, whether that’s fossil hunting, museum visiting or admiring the majestic views over Whitby Abbey.

Sandsend was formerly made up of two villages – East Row and Sandsend. They are joined by a promenade. Part of the village known as The Valley is a private estate. Sandsend also has some of the most expensive real estate in North Yorkshire. Sandsend is located on the coastal part of the 110 miles long Cleveland Way long distance path and it follows the course of the old railway line northwards. So, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the craggy cliffs and the North Sea.

“The iconic Whitby Abbey is a very short drive away for views to remember…”

Just outside Sandsend is Whitby with its famous abbey. The town has well known literary associations with the novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula. Whitby is where Dracula came ashore on the Ru to hunt for Mina Harker after taking over a Russian galleon, the Demeter. Situated at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby is also recognised for the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The iconic and dramatic remains were home to the first recognised English poet Caedmon. The area around Whitby, including the village of Staithes has ties to explorer Captain Cook who discovered much of Australasia and the South Pacific nations. There is a statue of him in the centre of town. Whitby is one of the gateways to the North York Moors National Park and the impressive Heritage Coastline.

Sandsend is also within driving distance of Staithes, a lovely harbour village with some great eateries and access to the coast path. It is also the filming location for the popular children’s TV show starring Bernard Cribbins called Old Jack’s Boat. To the south, along the coast is the attractive seaside town of Scarborough, a popular destination for those looking for traditional day out. You could enjoy walking along the prom, eating fish and chips, and watching the sea from a deckchair.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Sandsend. Why not visit our collection of Sandsend cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there


Visit the quaint harbour village of Staithes for good coast walks and a good choice of restaurants

The Cleveland Way

Take a hike along this dramatic and starkly beautiful stretch of this coastal trail next to the North Sea

Whitby Abbey

Make sure you visit the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey, some of the most recognisable in the North East.

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