British Beaches

Sand, sea, sun, surf and scones

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Runswick Bay Beach

Whitby, North Yorkshire

A picturesque bay with a golden sand beach which traditionally provided safe anchorage for fishing boats but is now more popular with holidaymakers.

Beach Type



There is a local pub
A slipway and a campsite



Nature and Wildlife

A very picturesque area with a coast path in both directions and enough space on the flat sands for a casual stroll.

Water Quality





No dog restrictions.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Whitby TIC. Langborne Road. Whitby YO21 1YN [email protected] 01947 602674


Nearest town: Whitby
County: North Yorkshire
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5317, -0.746589
Postcode: TS13 5HT
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Whitby, North Yorkshire at Explore Britain.


off the A174 coast road that runs between whitby and Redcar.

Public Transport

there is a regular bus service from Whitby.

Nearest Railway Stations

Lealholm (Approx. 6 miles away)
Sleights (Approx. 6 miles away)
Ruswarp (Approx. 6 miles away)
Egton (Approx. 6 miles away)
Grosmont (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking is available a short walk from the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Runswick Bay, Runswick Bay (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Bank Top Staithes, Staithes (Long stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Sandsend, Sandsend (Long stay).
About 3.5 miles away
Scaling Dam, Saltburn-By-the-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 4 miles away
Skelder, Aislaby (Unknown stay).
About 4.8 miles away
Scaling Dam - Visitors Centre, Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 4.9 miles away
West Cliff, Whitby (Long stay).
About 5.8 miles away
Sleights Station, Sleights (Unknown stay).
About 5.9 miles away
Danby Beacon, Danby (Unknown stay).
About 6.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Whitby