Surfing on the Yorkshire Coast

17 August 2022 by Rachel Wilson

Surfing on the Yorkshire Coast

You may not know it but the Yorkshire coast has some of the best surfing spots in the United Kingdom. The east coast has a great swell and beautiful beaches for you to discover. Don't worry if you're new to surfing - there are plenty of surf schools to choose from too.


Just south of Scarborough at Cayton Bay, this horse shoe shaped bay has been a long time hub for local and travelling surfers. There is a large car park that sits on the cliff-top where you can watch the breaks. There are a number of high tide sandbars with the most famous called Bunkers that is a surf break in front of WW2 concrete bunkers. This area is ideal for beginners wanting to get started with surfing. For the more experienced, the northern tip of Cayton Point is definitely for advanced surfers where the surf breaks over boulders and rocks.


Whitby has golden sandy beaches with rolling waves that are ideal for learning to surf. The beach is blue flagged and award winning which makes it perfect conditions for experiencing the surf. The long stretch of sand from Whitby to Sandsend a few miles further north, has a number of good spots along the coast producing fun waves that are perfect for learning. Due to the gentle nature of the waves and the proximity to the town centre facilities, it’s common to see surfers young and old honing their skills there before graduating to the larger waves down the coast in Scarborough and Filey.

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