Sandsend and Whitby
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 19 Mar 2017 Rating:
North Yorkshire, Whitby
Walk Type: Coastal
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty:
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A 3.5 mile there and back walk along the beach from Sandsend to Whitby in North Yorkshire. There’s nothing like a bracing seaside walk to blow the cobwebs away, be it windy, sunny or raining – we all love it and so do our dogs! This is a great long beach for you and your dog to run around on and you can stop for tea breaks at the beginning, middle and end – what more could you want? You can be as laid back or as energetic as you like here, and you have the added benefit of walking towards Whitby Abbey, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

This is a simple beach walk so the terrain is easy, but you will need to negotiate some steps to access the beach. You also need to check the tide times to ensure you don’t get cut off, these are displayed on the side of the shop next to Sandsend Cafe or you can look them up in advance to make sure you time your visit to coincide with low tide. This whole length of beach is dog-friendly from 1 October to 30 April; that’s Sandsend Beach, along Upgang Beach to the south all the way down to Whitby Sands’ beach huts (from where you can join the cliff path to visit Whitby if you wish). Parts of the beach are closed to your dog from 1 May to 30 September; north from a small area of the beach in front of the gallery, where the beck flows into the sea. Allow 1.5 hours for the beach walk – or longer if you want to visit Whitby.

Sandsend is situated a few miles north of Whitby on the A174 to Saltburn. The walk starts by Sandsend Cafe on the sea front. Parking is free on Sandsend Road or there is a pay and display car park in Sandsend. You can also access the start point via public transport. Take the bus from Whitby Bus Station to Sandsend, the journey time is just over ten minutes. The service runs every half hour (every hour on Sundays). Approximate post code YO21 3SY.

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Walk Sections

Start to Whitby Beach Huts

Start point: 54.5011 lat, -0.6686 long
End point: 54.4922 lat, -0.6271 long

NOTE: Remember to check the tide times before you set off.

From the Sandsend Road take the steps past the Sandside Cafe and go down to the beach, turn right at the bottom of the steps to join the beach. With the sea across to your left, you will see Whitby Pier in the distance.

Walk along the beach for about 2 miles until you see the Whitby beach huts and the North Beach Cafe. Here you will also see the No Dogs from 1 May to 30 Sept sign.

Whitby Beach Huts to End

Start point: 54.4922 lat, -0.6271 long
End point: 54.5018 lat, -0.6686 long

At this point you have two choices. If you wish to visit Whitby, join the tarmac path by the beach huts that runs above the beach. Follow this up to the cliff top, from where you can explore the town. Otherwise, you can turn back and return to Sandsend either by the beach or the path above.

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3 responses to "Sandsend and Whitby"


By samsung on 24 Apr 2017

Great walk. Loved it.

By Karalma on 06 May 2017

Great walk from Whitby to Sandsend and back.

By plattyfc54 on 10 Sep 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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