Robin Hoods Bay from the beach showing houses
Cliff at Bempton
Pier at Saltburn

The North York Moors is stunning and known for its breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites.

 Its rolling hills and picturesque countryside often steal the spotlight. Look east and you’ll find that its coast is equally enticing. Offering a unique blend of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and vibrant seaside towns, we think that the coast is a “must” visit when you stay at the Long Barn.

 Here our reasons why:

 1. Dramatic Scenery

The coastline of the North York Moors is blessed with dramatic scenery that will leave you awe-inspired. From towering cliffs that plunge into the North Sea to sweeping panoramas of golden beaches and azure waters, the views here are simply breathtaking. Head to places like Robin Hood’s Bay or Staithes for some of the most dramatic coastal views in the region. Or explore hidden gems like Boggle Hole along the Cinder Track between Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby.

Bike looking down to Boggle Hole
Gannets on cliff side with pink flowers
Black and white hotel in Robin Hoods Bay

2. Quaint Fishing Villages

The coastal towns and villages of the North York Moors offer a glimpse into the region’s rich maritime heritage. Explore the cobbled streets of Staithes or Runswick Bay, where colourful cottages line the cliffs and fishing boats bob in the harbours. These idyllic villages provide a peaceful escape and a chance to experience traditional coastal life.

3. Beaches for All Tastes

The North York Moors coastline boasts a range of beaches. There is something for everyone. From family-friendly stretches of sand like Sandsend and Whitby to hidden gems like Saltburn-by-the-Sea with its Victorian charm, there’s a beach for everyone. Whether you’re a sunbather, water sports enthusiast, or avid beachcomber, you’ll find your paradise along this captivating coast.

Menu on a wooden table
Ian sitting at table in SeaView Cafe
Fish lunch on table

4. Nature and Wildlife

The coastal areas of the North York Moors are a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore Bempton Cliffs, England’s highest sea cliffs, which offer a nesting ground for seabirds, including puffins and gannets. Take a walk along the Cleveland Way National Trail, where you might spot seals lounging on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the waves. Don’t forget your binoculars! Or remember to take one of the pairs in the Long Barn. 

5. The Food

There are lots of great places to eat along the coast, and not just fish and chips. Although we think you’ll find some of the best in the county here. Our personal favourites are Magpie Cafe Whitby (our favourite fish and chips so far) Seaview Restaurant Saltburn (delicious seafood) Fish Cottage Sandsend (fish and chips with a twist) Sandside Café Sandsend (best crab sandwich)

Sea on Sandsend Beach
Coastal path along cliffs in sunshine
Man on bike looking out to sea from the cinder trail

6. Historic Landmarks

History buffs will be delighted by the wealth of historic landmarks scattered along the coast. Discover the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, where you can learn about the famous explorer’s voyages. From ancient castles to smugglers’ tales, the North York Moors coast is a treasure trove of history.

The North York Moors coastline offers an irresistible blend of natural beauty, charming villages, and captivating history. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a cultural experience, this coastal gem has something for everyone.

And the good news is that after just 45 minutes in the car from the Long Barn, you can be dipping your toes in the sea.