There is nothing better on the Yorkshire Coast than a walk round Runswick Bay. It was a smugglers village and the bay provided a perfect, secretive landing spot. The village itself is a delight.
I find Runswick Bay a lovely place to potter around, probably my favourite section of the Yorkshire Coast. I can justifiably recommend a walk along the sands and rocks to Kettleness with a return via the Cleveland Way (or reverse it and return via the sands). Any further along the beach than Kettleness and the rocks near the sea become a little unpleasant to walk on.
Picking your way along the sea front, exploring the rock pools and watching for the lifeboat brought back pleasant memories of childhood holidays of St Abbs (80 miles up the east coast). Only the seagulls interrupt the tranquility of the area. There is nothing of note at Kettleness so take a snack and move closer to the cliffs for one of the best views in Yorkshire.
A walk round Runswick Bay must include sitting on the benches outside the cafe whilst waiting for the fishing boats to arrive. It is an excellent way to wile away the time.
There is an alternative route from Kettleness dropping more directly to the western end of Runswick Bay.
Runswick Bay is certainly a lovely spot – but worth saying that this walk doesn’t work at high tide, as there isn’t a path inland at the Runswick end (well, we couldn’t find one anyway……).
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