Just north of Whitby is the three mile long sandy beach that leads to the historic village of  Sandsend.  Driving into the village from the south you will find roadside parking overlooking the beach. In winter the parking is free but returns to pay parking in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The village is set around a small stream that enters the bay. Around the river you’ll find various places to eat. We have two favorites. Overlooking the stream where it crosses the beach is a beach shop/cafe. This is a great place to get a coffee and watch the world go by. They also serve some very tasty pizzas. Our other favorite is Fish Cottage  – you can’t come to the Yorkshire coast and not eat fish and chips.

To the north of the village you’ll find a large car park and access to the north end of the beach. This end of the beach has rock pools and cliffs where you will often see fossil hunters.

Sandsend is quieter than Whitby but at the height of Summer parking can be a problem.