Runswick Bay cottages
Runswick Bay is less well known than some of Yorkshire's coastal villages such as Robin Hoods Bay and Sandsend, but people who go there will be quite happy about this because it means that they can enjoy it without the crowds so often found in other places. With a beautiful sheltered beach, a hundred old fisherman's cottages built into the cliff side and a pub with a sitting out area facing the sea, it's hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a holiday. Children can paddle in the sea, some swim while others spend hours exploring the rock pools for crabs and other sea creatures. Further on towards Kettleness, you may find fossils, especially ammonites. There is a lovely tea shop near the beach which sells ice cream, sweets, sandwiches and also fishing nets, buckets and spades and more.
The village is on the route of the long distance Cleveland Way National Trail and you can walk along the coastal path to Whitby some nine miles away. For the less active there is a regular bus service. Within Runswick Bay there is a pub and cafe. For the essentials, the neighbouring village of Hinderwell has a shop and take away, and in Whitby you will find a choice of supermarkets as well as other shops and visitor attractions.