Sandsend to Whitby along the beach

Sandsend to Whitby along the beach

Sandsend to Whitby along the beach

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Sandsend to Whitby along the beach
Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 1½ hours
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key
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This walks is also available on the iFootpath website and App. – Sandsend and Whitby

Why you should do this walk…

Because there’s nothing like a bracing seaside walk to blow the cobwebs away, be it windy, sunny or raining – we all love it and so do our dogs!  This is a great long beach for you and your dog to run around on and you can stop for ‘tea’ breaks at the beginning, middle and end – what more could you want?  You can be as laid back or as energetic as you like here, and you have the added benefit of walking towards Whitby Abbey, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

What else you need to know
Whole beach open to you and your dog from 1 October to 30 April; that’s Sandsend Beach, along Upgang Beach to the south all the way down to Whitby Sands’ beach huts.

Parts of the beach closed to you and your dog from 1 May to 30 September; North from a small area of the beach in front of the gallery, where the beck flows into the sea.

Watch out for the tides!  These are displayed on side of the shop next to Sandsend Café .

How to get there  – Sandsend is situated a few miles north of Whitby on the A174 to Saltburn.Public Transport – Take the No.5 or X5 Arriva bus from Whitby Bus Station (stand 1), the journey time is just over ten minutes. The service runs every half hour, every hour on Sundays.

Car park – FREE on Sandsend Road and a pay and display car park in Sandsend

Start – walk starts on the Sandsend Road, near Sandside Café

Length/time – just over 4 miles there and back, takes about 1½ hours or as long as you like

Terrain/difficulty – EASY nice stroll on the beach on fine sand and some pebbles. The beach is very clean.

Dog friendliness – great beach to run around, as normally not busy, and most of the cafés either have covered areas for you and your dog or will let you in in the winter. No stiles and dog bins are available in Sandsend and Whitby.

Food and drink – at Sandsend the Hart Inn allows dogs in bar and the Witsend Cafe has been know to allow dogs in, the Sandside Cafe has an outside covered area. There are also many facilities in the legendary Whitby. See Directories for details.

Public toilets available in Sandsend and Whitby.

Other interesting info:

Sandsend won Quality Coast Award 2011.
The Turnstone Gallery is well worth a visit with fantastic local artists’ work.

The Walk

  1. From the Sandsend Road take the steps past the Sandside Café and go down to the beach, turn RIGHT at the bottom of the steps, you will see Whitby Pier in the distance.
  2. Walk along the beach for 2 miles until you see beach huts and the North Beach Café, at this point – where you see the no dogs from 1 May to 30 Sept sign – you can either turn back or go up onto the path above the beach and walk into Whitby.
  3. Return to Sandsend either by the beach or the path above.

This walks is also available on the iFootpath website and App. – Sandsend and Whitby



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  1. Samantha  - 26/02/2013 - 1:25 pm

    My favourite walk, winter and summer!
    Sandside Cafe and Wits End are only open at the weekends during the winter. North Beach Cafe is only open during the “season”. The carpark at Sandsend is free in the winter.

  2. corina  - 27/02/2013 - 5:14 pm

    Brilliant – thanks for the information and glad you enjoyed this one. We love it too. It’s a great run up and down the beach and Whitby and Sandsend are soooo dog-friendly.

  3. Catherine  - 23/09/2013 - 3:11 pm

    Just back from this walk. It was fantastic. We have a very naughty French Bassett who gets distracted by rabbits etc. so spends a great deal of time on her lead. This was the perfect long beach walk for her. Two miles of being able to run free.

    • Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:27 pm

      Did this walk last week and despite the weather thoroughly enjoyed it- Millie was liberated on the vast, isolated beach and loved every second. Was disappointed to discover the hart inn closed after serving lunch, but enjoyed a lovely crab sandwich in sand side cafe- be aware they only accept cash as we ended up driving to Whitby for an ATM!

  4. Richard Jemmett  - 08/09/2016 - 7:06 pm

    Did this walk in June 2016 – wonderful. Lovely beach, lots of other well behaved dogs. Recommended.

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