15 October 2011
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside. But it doesn’t have to be in trendy, overcrowded Cornwall (lovely though it is). No, for proper British seaside and quaint fishing port charm head north, to the North York Moors National Park*.
There’s more to the park than moors – it includes a whole swathe of North Sea coastline (more melodramatic than Mediterranean) from Skinningrove to Scarborough.
Along the coast between these two points you’ll find the tucked away gems of Robin Hood’s Bay, Sandsend and Runswick Bay. Think tiny, twisty streets with higgledy-piggledy cottages – they’re a delight to stroll around and there’s always a cafe or pub around the corner to discover. We like the Wits End Café at Sandsend and the Royal Hotel at Runswick Bay.
Local museums tell tales of smugglers and high seas adventurers (we like to think it’s where Captain Cook got his sea legs!) and at Staithes, a magnet for artists since the late 1800s, you’ll find art galleries to entice you off the coastpath.
For serious walkers, the Cleveland Way (www.nationaltrail.co.uk/clevelandway) runs along the cliffs from Saltburn to Filey. But if, like me, you’re more of a beachcomber head for Boggle Hole near Robin Hood’s Bay – known locally as a great place for fossil-hunting. And at the end of a hard day’s beachcombing you can reward yourself with straight off the boat fish and chips by the harbour in Whitby.
* The North York Moors National Park (www.northyorkmoors.org.uk) is one of Britain’s family of 15 National Parks which include some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery and coastlines. From walking and cycling to family-friendly events and accessible trails, find out more from www.nationalparks.gov.uk.
Posted by Nancy Webb, UK Association of National Park Authorities
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