Cayton Bay, what I thought was a tiny cover nestled in between Scarborough and Filey, turned out to be a gorgeous wide expanse of sand that was more gorgeous that I could ever have imagined.
I’d heard about this place from several people, mainly those crazy cold water surfers that popped into the old O’Neill shop I used to work at in Meadowhall.
They’d told me about the clean sand, the gnarly waves, the sunrises and the steep descent down to the beach from the main road.
What they hadn’t told me was that the cliffs are spectacular, the beach is huge and there’s a cool bunch of rocks to scramble over at the north end. They also didn’t say how peaceful it is and how if you’re looking for a wild beach with minimal british seaside tackiness, this is the place to be.
That climb down to the beach though is a steep one. The climb back up to the road was a killer. Note, take your inhaler next time Emma.
But it was worth it. For that view, the salty air in my hair and a good Sunday out in nature, yes, it was so worth it.
The day was finished off in the only way a day by the UK coast should be finished, with a good portion of fish and chips. We had to drive about 5 minutes to get some – I can fully recommend Papa’s for the hugest fish and most delicious chips I’ve had in a while – but there was no way that fish and chips wasn’t going to be my tea that day. Unfortunately, there are no photos of those, I ate them too quickly!
Back to the beach though, while eating fish and chips people were still making their way down to the sea. A few with surfboards in hand, others that were just going down to enjoy the last few hours of sunlight and unusually warm spring air.
I’d love to come back here again in the summer to rent out a surf board or paddleboard from the little surf shop looking over the beach. Secret Spot Surf Shop, you’ve got a future customer right here!
With such a beautiful place nearby, it makes me realise how underrated parts of the UK can be. Cayton Bay, I’ll see you soon you absolute beauty.
Have you been anywhere in the UK that’s been more than you ever expected it to be? And have you ever been to Cayton Bay before?