Runswick Bay Beach

Runswick Bay beach is located just South of Staithes and 8 miles North of Whitby. If you like quieter beaches that still have that seaside feeling, Runswick Bay would be perfect for you.

About Runswick Bay Beach

Runswick Bay is a picturesque bay that has plenty of beach area for picnics or just a spot of sunbathing, but also a selection of shops and cafes to visit.

Runswick Bay sits on the Cleveland Way trail so it’s a popular starting point for walkers.

The beach itself is down the bottom of a steep hill so this should be considered before you visit, especially if you have mobility issues.

If you prefer a bit of privacy when visiting the beach, I recommend you head down the slipway and continue right, as the further away from the slipway you go, the quieter it becomes.

Be cautious though as there has been rock fall in recent times, so it’s best not to sit directly next to the cliff edge.

Runswick Bay Location

Located just 8 miles North of Whitby and 2.5 miles South of Staithes, Runswick Bay is easy to get to either from other popular seaside towns nearby or from further afield.

If you’re navigating to Runswick Bay on foot or by car, you can use the postcode TS13 5HR.

Getting to Runswick Bay Beach

Runswick Bay is just a few moments from the A174 which links Whitby to Middlesborough, so is accessible from both directions.

The beach can be accessed from Runswick Bay village by heading downhill towards the bay. The walk is around 1/2 mile but it is very steep and not suitable for wheelchairs. Pushchairs should be fine but will have to be pushed on the road as the footpath is steps.

On foot

One of the best ways to visit Runswick Bay beach is to make the journey from Staithes or Kettleness Beach down the Cleveland Way trail as the scenery is spectacular. You can also reach the beach from Runswick Bay village if you don’t fancy a long walk.

By car

There is plenty of parking in the village of Runswick Bay at any of the public car parks. Bank Bottom car park is the pay and display car park at the bottom of Bank Top Lane and the closest car park to the beach.

Alternatively, there’s a public car park at the top of the bank opposite Cliffemount Hotel, but it does mean a walk down to the beach, which is quite steep.

You will often find that Bank Bottom car park fills up quickly due to it being next to the main facilities.

By bus

You can get the bus directly to Runswick Bay on the bus service that travels between Whitby and Middlesborough. The bus stops just outside the Runswick Bay Hotel which is just at the top of the hill from the bay.

Facilities at Runswick Bay Beach

Runswick Bay has a small amount of facilities so it’s perfect for a full day visit.

Toilets: The nearest toilets to Runswick Bay are located just behind the cafe which is a short distance from the beach itself.

Runswick Bay Toilet

Washing facilities: There are no showers (but you can wash off from the beach in the toilets).

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There’s a cafe located just behind the toilet facilities at Runswick Bay which sells ice-creams and snacks, although this is only open during peak season. There’s also The Royal Hotel which serves delicious home made meals.

Shops: There are very few shops at Runswick Bay, but you can purchase snacks near to the bay itself.


Are dogs allowed on Runswick Bay beach?

Dogs are allowed to be walked on Runswick Bay beach and there are no restrictions at any time of year.

What is there to do at Runswick Bay?

Motorised watersports are not permitted at Runswick Bay, but there are kayaks available to rent. There are no attractions for children so it’s recommended you take things to keep them occupied during your visit.

However, there are plenty of things to do in and around Runswick Bay away from the beach itself;

  1. Coastal Walks – Runswick bay sits on the Cleveland Way trail, so you can easily walk up the coastline to Staithes. Walks in either direction of Runswick Bay village offer picturesque coastal walks and breath-taking views of the North Sea.
  2. Fossil Hunting – Runswick Bay is famous for its fossils and the beach is much easier to access than other popular fossiling spots across the Yorkshire coast which often require a more strenuous hike down.
  3. Explore the village – Runswick Bay is a beautiful village with traditional thatched cottages and a fascinating history, so you can explore the village and learn about its heritage.

Runswick Bay Information

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