Cattersty Sands in the village of Skinningrove, North Yorkshire is one of the most secluded, sweeping sandy beaches in that part of the country and is beloved by those who know about it
A secluded beach in Yorkshire is a great spot to see some dolphins and appreciate a rugged part of Britain’s coastline.
There is a little stretch of beach known as Cattersty Sands in the village of Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, that is deserted most of the year. Those who do know about it guard their knowledge jealously.
The beach is located on the famous Cleveland Way – a 109 mile walking route through some of the most beautiful countryside in North Yorkshire you’re likely to encounter.
One of the best features of the beach is that it is regularly visited by pods of bottlenose dolphins. Although the aquatic mammals tend to enjoy being in colder climes off Scotland Scandinavia, they make it down as far as Skinningrove.
Whitby Whale Watching is one of the local groups which keeps tabs on their whereabouts and recently reported seeing three dolphins splashing around among the waves just off Cattersty Sands.
Ericknows – a website dedicated to accessible days out in the North East of England – highlighted part of what makes the beach special.
It said: “Backed by a rugged line of grassy cliffs, the wild beach of Cattersty Sands (also known as Skinningrove Beach) is a well-hidden gem found along the North Yorkshire coastline. At this tranquil beach, a good book and flask would not go amiss!
“This gently shelving beach is largely empty all year-round. Making it the perfect spot to unwind and get away from it all. With so many sandy shores and so few visitors, you can freely enjoy yourself without interruption. The white sand is very clean and is wonderful to picnic on, with splendid views out over the sea and a rocky 17th century pier.”
One of the key features of the beach is that there are no shops nearby and very few facilities, beyond a free car park. While this may be off-putting for some, it provides a sense of isolation and wilderness often missing from the English coastline.
One Tripadvisor reviewer said: “No cafes, no deckchairs to hire, no seaside novelty kiosk……..just utter sheer natural bliss! We come down to this wonderful beach most days, walk our dogs, and take in the magical scenery. It has to be in the top ten most underrated beaches in Britain. Please don’t visit it, as we still want this fabulous beach to ourselves!”
Many of the proponents of the pleasant coastal spot speak of how quiet and unspoiled it is. One recent visitor enthused: “Depending when you venture down to this unspoilt beach, you literally could be anywhere. The sand is always clean, the backdrop never alters, and the fact there’s hardly ever anyone on it, well that’s a bonus.”
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