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26th February 2023

Year of The Yorkshire Coast

2023 is the Year of the Coast, and, with 26 miles of marvellous shoreline set here in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park – sandwiched between beautiful countryside and the North Sea – we’re encouraging you to come and celebrate with us.

The days will soon be a little longer, temperatures a little warmer and North Yorkshire’s breath-taking coast will be waking up to spring. Where sweeping sandy beaches, iconic nature reserves and daisy-strewn moorland awaits.

Spring is a fantastic time to visit – as the weather is typically pleasant, but the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived, so you can explore the pretty seaside towns, coastal walks and fascinating wildlife in relative peace.

Events season is just beginning, too, providing plenty to keep you entertained during your stay.

Superb seaside towns

Scarborough – where the North York Moors meet the sea – is a gem among UK coastal towns.

With its wide sandy beaches, streets lined with traditional shops and a busy working harbour, this charming coastal spot has it all.

Spend the morning browsing the traditional town, before heading to the amusement arcades.

Get lost among nature

Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington, is home to half-a-million seabirds soaring above chalk cliffs.

During spring, you can spot guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, herring gulls, fulmars and shags nesting here, as well as the largest seabird in the UK, the majestic gannet, and we can’t forget everyone’s favourite, the puffin!

The shorelines of Whitby and Saltburn are also great for sea life spotting, regularly scattered with fin, sei, pilot, mink and humpback whales, as well as porpoise – though it is important to admire these wonderful wildlife from a safe distance.

If prepared for a bit of a climb, the seal colony at Ravenscar are well worth quietly visiting.

Great food for the sole

When you think of the coast, most think of fish and chips, and for very good reason, of course.

Whitby, though, is not only crammed with award-winning fish and chip shops, but because it’s a working port, the catch is a fresh as you can get! The crab and lobster landing along our coast is also not only enjoyed locally, but so special, that it is shipped to restaurants around the world – so make sure to try some whilst you are here.

Plenty for all to enjoy

With springtime, comes the start of events season and North Yorkshire’s beaches, towns and attractions are filled with music, fantastic floral displays, thrilling shows and mouth-watering food. So what are you waiting for? Spring into spring with a stay on the coast.

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