The best beaches to visit in Yorkshire within a two hour drive from Leeds - including the secret beach

As the weather begins to heat up and lockdown restrictions are eased, many of us will want to visit and enjoy Yorkshire's stunning beaches.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 6:00 am
Ten stunning beaches within a two hour drive from Leeds.

Here are 10 fantastic beaches that are within a two hour drive from Leeds

People can also visit the areas using public transport, in particular, the Coastliner services that run from Leeds Bus Station to Scarborough or Pickering & Whitby.

Filey beach is clean and idyllic, with a large stretch of sand, making it the perfect place for a family day out or a dog walk. It is a 1 hour 35 minute drive to the quaint North Yorkshire seaside town. The quickest way is to go via the A64.

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It would not be a round-up of Yorkshire beaches without a mention to everyone's favourite - Bridlington. The fatest route is via the A64 but you can also drive via M62 and A614. It takes one hour and 45 minutes by car.
The 'secret beach' is becoming less of a secret these days. Gaddings Dam, which is located right in the heart of the Pennines, is situated above Todmorden. There's sand and water to enjoy, as well as lovely walks. From Leeds city centre, the quickest way to Gaddings Dam is down the M62 towards Todmorden. It takes just over an hour.
The seaside town of Whitby is teeming with heritage, and is known for being the home of Dracula and also Captain Cook. There is a clean beach to enjoy, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a bag of fish and chips. But if you get bored of relaxing, there is also a stunning walk up to Whitby Abbey to enjoy. The fastest route is via the A64 and the A169 which takes one hour 38 minutes.
If you are feeling active, take a lovely, long walk from Whitby down to Robin Hood's Bay. The beach in this picturesque fishing village is a beautiful place to soak up the sun. It takes about one hour and 46 minutes to get to Robin Hood's Bay from Leeds. The fastest route is via the A64 and A169 but you can also go via the A171, though it is longer.
From the calm waters of the marina to the sands of Scarborough bay, there's plenty on offer here in this seaside down. It takes about one hour and 39 minutes to get to Scarborough via the A64.
Saltburn Beach is a popular family beach located in North Yorkshire, where you can paddle, swim, surf, hunt for fossils and see the donkeys donkeys. You can also stroll also the pier and grab a tasty portion of fish and chips, or grab an ice cream and if you fancy it you can visit the valley gardens or the steam railway. It takes one hour and 29 minutes to drive via the A1(M) and A19.
Staithes is not as well known as these other beaches but it's packed full of character. It's just 1 hour 40 by car from Leeds and has a lovely picturesque village that's well worth exploring. It used to be one of the North Sea's biggest fishing ports, so it's jam packed full of history too. It takes one hour and 42 minutes to drive to Staithes.
Cayton Bay beach is a long, wide beach that is perfect for sandcastle building. This beach is popular amongst visitors and although it may have quite a steep hill down to it with quite a few steps, it’s definitely worth a visit. It takes one hour 35 minutes to drive to Cayton Bay via the A64.