Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay

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Runswick Bay
Distance: 1 to 2 miles
Duration: As long as you like
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…

This is a great walk to do in any weather at any time of the year as the beach at Runswick Bay is open to you and your dog all year round.  You and your pooch can blow the cobwebs away, be it windy, sunny or raining and you can both be as laid back or as energetic as you like.  Obviously there’s the opportunity for a swim too. Runswick Bay is a picture postcard seaside village with a beautiful beach.

What else you need to know
Open to you and your dog all year round.  Don’t forget to check tide times.

How to get there – from the A174 Whitby to Middlesbrough road, follow the signs along Ellerby Lane or Runswick Lane to Runswick, and head through the village to beachside car park. By bus – Arriva busses X5 between Whitby and Middlesbrough serve Runswick.

Suggested map – N/A

Car park – Runswick Bay pay and display, accessed by the road through the village

Start – at the car park

Length/time – 1 to 2miles depending on tides! Take as long as you like

Terrain/difficulty – EASY, fine sandy beach

Dog friendliness– dogs allowed on the beach throughout the year, waste bins are provided.  Great beach to run around on, not usually busy outside peak times.

Food and drink – The Royal Hotel – signposted from the car park, is dog friendly inside and out, with great views of the bay. See Directories for details.

Public toilets – at the Royal Hotel, for patrons only.

Other interesting info:

Runswick Bay has been frequently awarded the ENCAMS Seaside Award and if appropriate will be flying the distinctive blue and yellow flag.

Due to the instability of the soft, slippery Jurassic shales there was a landslip in 1682 and the whole village had to be rebuilt. Looking at the village today it appears to cling to the steep hillside.

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The Walk

  1. From the car park, head down the steps and turn right along the road, which heads straight onto the beach. Head south along the beach towards Kettleness Point.  On reaching the end of the sands, choose between pausing to enjoy the peaceful setting and beautiful view of Runswick Bay and continuing still further along the rocks.  There are plenty of opportunities for your dog to swim and have a good run around on this lovely beach.


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  1. Rebecca  - 27/01/2012 - 3:41 pm
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    I did this walk and it was really nice. Sunny day too.

    • corina  - 29/01/2012 - 7:24 pm
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      Really pleased you liked it. Have you done anymore on the site?

  2. Steve,Clare & Honey  - 07/09/2012 - 10:12 pm
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    Honey really enjoyed this stroll. And a lovely scone and coffee at the cafe when we got back

    • corina  - 12/09/2012 - 1:13 pm
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      Have you done any other walks on the site? Runswick Bay is a lovely little beach, glad Honey enjoyed it.

  3. Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:22 pm
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    Lovely scenery, lots of fun for the pooch, off lead, swimming and all in the rain! Highly recommended

  4. Penny Sankey  - 29/04/2015 - 3:56 pm
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    One of the best walks for our basset hounds, love it!

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.