Perhaps not the first place which springs to mind when thinking of 'beach holidays' but the Yorkshire coast is actually a fantastic option when it comes to seaside staycations with the trusty four-legged friend. It also makes a great multi-destination trip when paired with the historic city of York.
Boasting miles and miles of charming coastline, brimming with beautiful sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, sleepy little fishing villages and plenty of lovely holiday cottages, this area is a maritime mecca. A heavenly hideaway for those who like to be beside the seaside.
Pick your favourite from our vast collection of picturesque pet-friendly properties scattered along the Yorkshire coast. From beautiful barn conversions with open fires to grand holiday homes with hot tubs, we have the perfect Yorkshire cottage for groups of all shapes and sizes. And with a wide range of unbeatable prices, you're sure to find something to suit every taste and budget.
Best walks on the Yorkshire coast
With endless beaches, coastline and cliffs to explore, there's no better spot for walkies than the Yorkshire coast. From relaxing rambles to full-day hikes, here's our five favourite dog-friendly walks in the region.
1. Runswick Bay
Best for: Salty paws and stunning scenery
Set off for a scenic stroll along the beautiful Runswick Bay. Not far from Whitby, North Yorkshire's famous seaside town, this picturesque spot is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in both England and Wales.
Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: Your pup will just love snuggling for a rest and refuel in the aptly-named The Badger Hounds - a superb dog-friendly local.
2. Danes Dyke Beach Cliff Walk
Best for: Wildlife spotting
Wander through woodland, beach and cliff tops on this wonderful three-mile loop. The Danes Dyke Beach Cliff Walk is well-formed and easy to follow and the short climb will be rewarded by stunning panoramic views of the pristine Yorkshire coast.
3. Bridlington to Hornsea Beach Walk
Best for: Barefoot strolls and sandy toes (and paws)
At low tide you can enjoy the 13-mile walk along the sand from Bridlington to Hornsea Beach (there's a path running alongside too just in case you get caught by the tide).
4. Flamborough Head to North Landing
Best for: Great holiday snaps
Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: Once back in Flamborough, the Headlands Family Restaurant, located right next to the lighthouse, is the perfect spot for a tasty pick-me-up.
5. Robin Hood's Bay to Boggle Hole
Location: Robin Hood's Bay
Best for: A historic hike
The beach at Robin Hood's Bay is an exceptionally dog-friendly spot where the pooch will just love splashing around and chasing the waves. Any energetic pups will want to go the extra mile and take the Cleveland Way National Trail along the cliffs to Boggle Hole - an old smugglers cove.
Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: Continue with the smuggling theme and head to the atmospheric candlelit Smugglers Bistro Bar for a delicious home-cooked dinner.
Best attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Brimming with things to do and see, everyone in the group is sure to be kept happy and entertained during your northern getaway.
1. Whitby Abbey
Best for: A spine-tingling adventure
The haunt of Dracula, a trip to the atmospheric Whitby Abbey has to be on the cards. Climb the 199 stairs from the town of Whitby all the way up to the abbey and wander around the impressive ruins. Just make sure you're safely home before night begins to fall...
2. Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Best for: A spot of local history
You and the pup can discover the incredible history of Britain's Iron Valley at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum over in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The 83 ironstone mines scattered across the local area churned out jaw-dropping amounts of iron, which went on to build bridges and railways all over the world.
3. North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Best for: Blowing off some steam
Treat your four-legged friend to a grand day out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Departing from Whitby, the vintage steam engine wends its way along a 24-mile-long route to Pickering, passing through some of the county's loveliest scenery along the way.
4. Scarborough Castle
Best for: History lovers and their noble hounds
Even if you aren't going to Scarborough Fair, you should definitely pay Scarborough Castle a visit. Dating back to 800 BC, Scarborough's much-loved attraction is a history lover's dream. What's more, you'll also catch some splendid views of the dramatic Yorkshire Coast from this high vantage point.
5. Eden Camp Modern History Museum
Best for: A rainy day
Step back in time and experience WW2 at the award-winning Eden Camp Modern History Museum. Set in an original prisoner of war camp in Malton, you and the pooch can discover the sights, smells and sounds of life during the war at this fascinating museum.