Out and about at Runswick Bay

The exclusive village of Runswick shelters at the northern end of a beautiful sandy beach, protected by high cliffs. There's plenty to do and see in the small village of Runswick. Here we take you through what to do in Runswick Bay.

Narrow paths wind between the picturesque cottages and houses with small colourful gardens. The thatched property on the seafront is believed to be one of the last remaining thatched houses on the Yorkshire coast.

The village appears to cling to the steep hillside. Although seemingly ageless, the complete village was rebuilt in 1682 due to a massive landslip. The village offers a camping and caravan site, two hotels, restaurant, cafe/tea shop , public house serving bar meals, a church and picnic area. A regular bus service connects into Whitby.

The wide sandy bay is a favourite for families and for yachtsmen – The Bay having a thriving yacht club situated right on the beach.

Runswick Bay is delightful, one of the Yorkshire’s coast’s prettiest bays boasting glorious golden sands.

The village has two pubs and a hotel on the cliff top – so you can enjoy eating out as well as self-catering.

There is a charming cafe on the seafront – stock up with nets, buckets and spades and dighies whilst enjoying their range of sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones and tea!  Our preference is sipping mugs of steaming Horlicks, especially in the cooler months, whilst wrapped up on the beach.

Wander around this picturesque village, with its maze-like paths and its lovely sea-facing cottages with their pretty gardens. The iconic white-washed, thatched cottage with its palm tree, featured in many post cards, is at the far end, facing out to sea.

The bay has a lifeboat station plus Runswick’s own sailing club.

Runswick Bay is on the Cleveland Way – a superb five mile walk along the cifft tops, with its breath-taking views, takes you to Sandsend – and there’s a bus back if you feel too tired to do the return walk!

A five minute drive takes you to Ellerby, a small village that is home to The Ellerby Arms, which serves good food.  Sandsend, which has cafes, shops, an inn and award-winning restaurant, is a ten minute drive and a further five minutes takes you to the popular town of Whitby with its harbour, pier and iconic Whitby Abbey – inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Draculal – as well as many shops, restaurants and shops.