Accessible beaches

With 40 miles of heritage coastline on our doorstep, there are a number of beaches you can enjoy.

If you need to avoid steps and steep inclines, here's where to head to and take in those breath-taking coastal views.

We've also got ideas for days out on the coast, from adventure sports to gentle walks.

A complete list of accessible public toilets along the coast is available on the Discover Yorkshire Coast website and also on the Enjoy Redcar & Cleveland website.


Whether it’s a leisurely stroll across the stunning stretch of sandy beach, or a family day out with the kids, Redcar beach is now accessible to anyone wanting to enjoy the coastline with the help of The Beach Wheels Redcar and Cleveland project.

Options include two Hippocampes and one Debug Wheelchairs with a hoist to facilitate peoples transfer onto the chairs. The beach wheelchairs can be used by both children and adults, and are free to hire.

It is recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Saltburn by the Sea

Saltburn Cliff Tramway (c) Ceri Oakes

The iconic Saltburn Cliff Tramway is fully accessible allowing access onto Saltburn Pier - the only remaining pleasure pier on the North East and Yorkshire coast.

Both carriages are fully accessible and staff are on hand to assist with any accessibility needs. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome too.

Saltburn beach itself is sand and shingle, backed by a beautiful promenade and with plenty of facilities close by.


Couple at Sandsend beach (c) Visit Britain/Peter Kindersley

If you’re looking for a picturesque beach, with long stretches of golden sand and a quaint little village, then Sandsend beach is it! At low tide, small rockpools emerge making this a lovely spot to play with the little ones.

Accessible entry can be found towards the north end of the beach via the slipway. This is quite a steep walkway down to the beach so it may not be suitable for wheelchair users.


Recently awarded a Blue Flag for its quality, Whitby beach is a stunning sandy beach with iconic colourful huts and a breath-taking backdrop. Access to the beach is via a slope suitable for wheelchairs. As some mobility equipment may be difficult to manoeuvre across the sand-packed beach, you can hire beach wheelchairs and all-terrain wheelchairs from Whitby Disability Action Group.

If you're looking to go a little further... head out on the wheelchair accessible trail, one of our Miles without Stiles routes, towards Whitby Abbey along the iconic Cleveland Way National Trail.

Beach wheelchairs, tramper hire and toilet facilities

All terrain beach wheelchair (c) Visit Britain Peter Kindersley

Beach wheelchairs at Whitby can be hired via Whitby Disability Action Group. Two all-terrain chairs are available – a Landeez and a Hippocampe, both of which are suitable for use on the beach, rocky shores and in the countryside. The Landeez is suitable for adults and children and the Hippocampe is suitable for children (2yrs +) and young adults or adults of smaller stature.

A Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter available for use at Ravenscar Visitor Centre - available on Fridays at 10.30am and 1pm (book online). You can hire a tramper at five locations across the National Park.

Find out more about Tramper hire

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