Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay is a different kind of beach to most others in Yorkshire. The bay has a small, hidden beach that is quite rocky in parts so we recommend wearing suitable footwear. Getting down to the beach at Thornwick Bay is slightly precarious, but certainly doable for the majority of people.

There are steps leading down to the beach itself which are accessed where the Thornwick Bay sign is located.

Alternatively, in the peak season when Thornwick Bay café is open, you can walk down to Thornwick Nab from here, which offers great views over the bay.

Thornwick Bay

About Thornwick Bay


Thornwick Bay is located close to Flamborough and Selwicks Bay, all of which offer a more of a rugged experience than the popular beaches such as Bridlington and Whitby.

Getting to Thornwick Bay

Getting to Thornwick Bay is straightforward as it’s just a short journey from Bridlington which is on a main route on the Yorkshire coast.

On foot

You can walk to Thornwick Bay from Bridlington, although it is an 11 mile round trip so best suited to seasoned walkers. You can also walk from Flamborough Head, North Landing and Danes Dyke beach which offer fantastic views out to sea.

By car

The easiest way to drive to Thornwick Bay is to head from Bridlington, or if you’re coming from the North such as Filey or Scarborough, use the A165. There is room to park next to the café on the cliff side which costs around £1.50 to park all day. You will turn towards Thornwick Bay café just next to The Viking Hotel (North Marine Road, Flamborough, Bridlington YO15 1BA).

Alternatively, there is ample parking at North Landing so you can walk from there if you’d prefer (North Marine Road, Bridlington YO15 1BJ).

By bus

There is a regular bus service that goes between Bridlington and Thornwick Bay daily, stopping at Flamborough and North Landing en-route.

You can check the timetable before you travel so you can plan your day.

Little Thornwick Bay

Facilities at Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay has very few facilities, but there are plenty of transport links and places to grab refreshments within walking distance.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are located at North Landing just a short distance away via the Cleveland Way (open in peak season). The cafe at North Landing is open yearly and also has toilets.

Washing facilities: There are no showers (we recommend using the sinks in the toilet for fresh water).

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There is a cafe located in Thornwick Bay (may be seasonal) as well as several hotels nearby that offer food, including The Viking Hotel. In nearby North Landing, there is The North Star Hotel, The Boathouse Bar & Grill and the Caravel Bar.

Shops: The nearest shop is in Flamborough, selling sweets, newspapers and sandwiches.

Caves at Thornwick Bay beach

Are dogs allowed at Thornwick Bay?

Dogs are allowed to be walked on Thornwick Bay but take care walking down the steep steps.

What is there to do at Thornwick Bay?

There are no activities or attractions at Thornwich Bay, but you can book in to the nearby Haven Thornwick Bay holiday park to take advantage of entertainment and attractions for children to enjoy.

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