Just along the coast from Whitby, at the end of a 3-mile-long sandy beach, Sandsend is a popular summer destination, with its fine sands, rockpools, beach cafes and fabulous coastal views. If all you want to do is just sit and look out to sea, this is a great spot, with a surprising number of good places to eat and drink too.
But walkers and others also come here year-round to explore the woodland and historic and industrial remains along the line of the old coastal railway, which once ran from Whitby to Middlesbrough.
Things to see and do
Follow the 'Sandsend Trail' from the car park and investigate the old alum and mining industries that once shaped this part of the coast. Sandsend was the site of heavy industrial activity in Victorian times, though it's tranquil now and nature has reclaimed the quarries, mine workings and old railway line. There's an information board at the car park and a useful 'Sandsend Trail' booklet available from local shops.
The Geocache Arts Trail is an activity for anyone who loves the idea of art, exploration and geocaching. Pick up a trail booklet for free from one of the stores in Sandsend and let the fun begin! You don't even need a geocache to take part, just download the Geocaching app on your phone.
The beautiful valley between Sandsend and Lythe contains the private Mulgrave Estate. Access to the old castle (now a picturesque ruin) and the woodland is available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (except May).
At the top of the bank on the steep road up towards Staithes is the neighbouring village of Lythe, whose St Oswald’s Church features a remarkable collection of Anglo-Scandinavian carved stones. There are fine views from the church across to Sandsend and Whitby.
Beach cafes with great sea views, a pub close to the beach (the Hart Inn) and a couple of rather classy restaurants make Sandsend a good bet for dining and drinking.
The Bridge Cottage Bistro at the entrance to the Mulgrave Estate has a lovely garden to eat in, as well as a Scandinavian-style indoor area. Estbek House offers fine dining in a beautiful setting. Both restaurants have a passion for using locally-sourced ingredients, including fish.
Pay and display car park
Public transport: Arriva run buses from Whitby to Loftus via Sandsend and Lytrhe.
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