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Cayton Bay
Yorkshire Coast

Beautiful beach at Cayton Bay, Yorkshire

Cayton Bay Explored...

We visit this popular bay along the Yorkshire Coast. A favourite spot with surfers and holidaymakers alike...

The 'Unofficial Guide' tells you more...

Me exploring the bunkers at Cayton Bay - with my trusty companion - Ginger the greyhound

We spent a lovely morning walking with the dog at Cayton Bay beach.

This is a lovely, quiet bay, very popular with surfers, located in between Scarborough and Filey.

Beautiful Cayton Bay between Filey and Scarborough

We went in November, so it was quite cold, but there were still plenty of surfers out having fun in the waves.

We parked at the Surf Shop, where there is access down to the beach.

  • Pay on entry for parking:
    • £2 all day
    • £1 after 4pm
  • Park in the field - it was a bit wet and boggy in November!
  • Also here:
    • Toilets (at the back of the surf shop)
    • Changing Booths (at the back of the surf shop)
    • Surf Equipment hire and training
    • Simple Refreshments
  • Also access to public footpaths - The Cleveland Way - leading south towards Filey and north through National Trust wodland, towards Scarborough
  • It is quite a steep slope down to the beach, via a path (and even steeper back up!)
  • There are open metal steps down to the beach - our dog wouldn't walk on these, so we had to send him to scramble down a very muddy and slippery bank instead...

    Our very muddy dog Ginger at Cayton Bay on the Yorkshire Coast

    ...he refused to walk up the steps again either on the way back up! scrambled up the muddy bank again... which meant we all got muddy!

  • wartime bunkers at Cayton Bay make an interesting landmark

  • This is a nice, quiet, enclosed bay - very pretty, with a flat expanse of sand, and 2 concrete coastal defence bunkers - one decorated with colourful graffiti artwork.

  • colourful graffiti artwork at Cayton Bay

  • There were lots of surfers on the beach, and in the waves.

  • Cayton Bay is a popular spot for surfers - great surfing!

  • Great views of Scarborough Castle and the headland in the distance.

  • Beautiful beach and views towards Scarborough at Cayton Bay

  • We had a lovely, long walk along the beach, and the dog had a lovely run along the sands...

Ian and our dog Ginger walking along the sands at Cayton Bay

It started raining quite heavily all of a sudden - which meant us, and most of the surfers, made a swift and steep exodus back up the hill to the carpark...

...ending up back at the car rather exhausted, drenched and muddy - but feeling exhilerated - and we did have a lovely time!

Ian and Ginger having fun at Cayton Bay, Yorkshire Coast

We really liked Cayton Bay - and would come again...

...but probably not with the dog, owing to the difficulties he had with the steps - he is a greyhound, a breed which tends to struggle with steps at the best of times! (...they haven't got the right kind of legs!)... other breeds of dogs may fare better - we did see quite a number of different dogs on the beach!

Cayton Bay on the Map

Find the Bay and Surf Shop carpark off the main A165 road between Filey and Scarborough, close to Cayton Bay Holiday Park (off the same roundabout - new road layout here!).

Park at the Surf Shop.

This map is interactive.

  • Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  • Use the arrows to move about the area.

Cayton Bay Surf Shop
Cayton Bay

Tel: 01723 585585

Visit the official Surf Shop website

Where to Stay Nearby

Cayton Bay Holiday Park - right across the road.

Blue Dolphin Holiday Park - a mile or so down the road.

We stayed at The Bay Filey self catering holiday accommodation a short drive away, close to Filey.

Have you been to Cayton Bay? What did you think? Share your best Yorkshire coast beaches, here...

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Read about how Helen enjoyed Cayton Beach with her dog

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