Sandsend Beach

Sandsend beach is connected to Whitby beach so it’s easy to visit the two beaches during the same trip. Sandsend is a picturesque village lined with cottages and holiday accommodation.

Sandsend Beach
Sandsend Beach

About Sandsend Beach

Sandsend beach is similar to nearby Whitby with the chocolate box village feel, but it is much, much smaller and less busy too. The beach is perfect for those who enjoy taking a stroll rather than those looking for fun packed activities.


Located around 1.8miles North of Whitby, it’s easy to walk directly from Whitby to Sandsend beach or take the short drive up the road by car.

Getting to Sandsend Beach

Due to the close proximity to Whitby, getting to Sandsend beach is pretty straightforward. There’s no train station, but there are plenty of other options.

On foot

One of the best ways to get to Sandsend beach is to walk from Whitby beach so you can take in the full length of the beach. The walk is only around 1.8 miles and should take the average walker no longer than 40 minutes (one way). When you arrive, you can grab an ice cream or relax with a refreshing drink before walking back.

By car

Driving to Sandsend beach is simple and easily accessible from the A171, so you can add Sandsend onto a visit to either Saltburn, Whitby or Scarborough, or just spend the whole day in Sandsend.

There’s plenty of pay and display parking available by the seafront. Sandsend car park is located right on the bank if you’d prefer to park in a car park rather than on street parking.

By bus

There’s a regular bus service that stops in Sandsend, which runs between Middlesbrough and Whitby. You can hop on the X4 and the X4A and travel from Whitby, Skinningrove, Saltburn, Redcar and Middlesbrough to name just a few.

Facilities at Sandsend Beach

There are few facilities at Sandsend, but despite its small size, Sandsend has enough facilities so you can spend the day there.

Toilets: There are public toilets available on the junction next to the surgery, just over the road from the beach.

Washing facilities: There are no showers (you can use the sinks in the public toilets to wash down).

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There are a handful of pubs and eateries in Sandsend, including Fish Cottage and The Hart Inn, as well as an ice cream parlour and a cafe, so you can grab some refreshments during your visit.

Shops: There is a local convenience shop called Sandsend Stores, just opposite the beach itself near to Lythe Bank.

Are dogs allowed at Sandsend Beach?

Dogs are not permitted to be exercised on the main part of Sandsend beach, but dogs are permitted once you pass the public toilets (towards Whitby). The signs are clear so you shouldn’t have any issues.

What is there to do at Sandsend Beach?

Sandsend beach is mainly popular among walkers and families who want to experience the quieter side of Whitby. There are no attractions, but you can explore the pubs, cafes and local shop. There’s plenty of space to pitch up so the children can make sandcastles. There is also a lifeguard on duty during high season.

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