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12 hidden gems to explore along the Yorkshire Coast

Who doesn’t love getting off the beaten track and exploring some hidden gems? 

The Yorkshire Coast has some wonderful spots that you may not automatically think of visiting but could be the perfect setting for a winter tour. Route YC has rounded up 12 of the best kept secrets for you to consider visiting in the coming months…

Patrington near Withernsea

This picturesque village gives you the chance to get your nature fix. Patrington is based on the edge of the Yorkshire Coast, and from there, you can walk along miles of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and nature reserves. The village is also home to some of the region’s most historic spots, including Saint Patrick’s Church.

May Beck and Failing Foss, Whitby

The Falling Foss waterfall

Embark on the two mile woodland walk, with the May Beck trickling alongside you for company. The route culminates in the Failing Foss Waterfall, which falls 30-ft into the brook below. 

South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough

South Cliff Gardens on an overcast day

Relaxed terraced walks that offer stunning sea views are on the agenda here, while the gardens themselves are full of magical sights. 

Flamborough Head, Bridlington

If you love the great outdoors, Flamborough Head could be a must-visit. Rugged white cliffs that stretch around a small village provide the ideal setting for a coastal walk, while it is also a great base for bird watching and hiking. Foodies are bound to love The North Star too.

Kilnsea Way, Withernsea

The sun setting over the Kilnsea coast

While Spurn Point could keep you occupied for days in its own right, don’t forget Kilnsea Way. The sandy, shingle banks are flat and accessible, with the beautiful village of Kilnsea providing charm and history. A stop-off at the Crown and Anchor will prepare you for the walk back.

Hunmanby Gap, Filey

The cliffs on view froom Hunmanby Gap
Image credit: Thomas Tolkien

This dog-friendly beach is perfect for peaceful walks. Keep your eyes peeled when walking near Hunmanby Gap for some intact World War II pillboxes too.

Forge Valley, Scarborough


The footpath leading along the River Derwent
Image credit: Andrew Walks

The River Derwent cuts the area in two, ensuring you will be walking in a fresh, vibrant area full of flora, fauna and wildlife. You’ll also find numerous trails along the way, with information boards allowing you to find out more about the area.

The Cinder Track, Robin Hood’s Bay

The Cinder Track, with greenery on both sides and the sea in the distance

One of the most scenic trails along the Yorkshire Coast is ‘The Cinder Track’. Covering the route from Scarborough to Whitby, there are numerous points to access from – however, to take in the lesser-known sights in, its recommended to start at Robin Hood’s Bay. Then, simply follow the route North, enjoying beautiful views of sea and country as you go.

Ravenscar, Scarborough

Looking for that ideal area for your Instagram photo? Ravenscar is the place to go. Whether you’d rather go for a relaxed stroll or a longer ramble, the gardens and rugged coastal path have something for you. The rocky beach coves are a fun spot for fossil hunters too.

Filey Brigg

Image credit: Mark Stevenson

This stunning natural landmark has 20 metres high steep cliffs, that are made from pure sandstone and limestone. The biology and geology of the area means it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

Saltwick Bay, Whitby

This bay provides beautiful views out to sea, while the wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp and the Saltwick Nab quarries are sure to interest the history lovers out there.

Hornsea South Beach

Looking out to sea as the sun rises at Hornsea Beach

From the shingle and golden sand at Hornsea South Beach, you will be able to see the Flamborough Headland to the north, and the Hilderness coast to the south. A promenade covers the length of the seafront, while highlights in the area include a Victorian folly, ideal for bird watching or walking a four-legged friend.

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