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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
Jul 31, 2018
The Yorkshire coast has some of the most spectacular coastal resorts in the UK, we highlight 5 beaches that you should shortlist for your visit.
1. Robin Hood's Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is a sandy beach located just a short drive from Whitby. This sheltered bay offers breathtaking views of the coast and Kettleness. More fascinating history and architecture than fun fairs and piers, Robin Hood’s Bay is popular with surfers and sailors and with plenty to see and do around the beach itself, families, walkers and couples alike will never get tired of this spot. Try your hand at fossil hunting or perhaps a horse trek at sunset.
2. Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay is located north of Whitby and is widely regarded as one of the prettiest beach destinations on the Yorkshire coast. The beach is mainly sandy with scattered rockpool areas perfect to explore for fossils. Popular all year-around from lazy summer days to brisk winter cliff-top strolls Runswick Bay has something for everyone. For the active, the bay is popular with canoe enthusiasts and when conditions permit, with surfers.
The picture-postcard village of Runswick is perfect for a gentle stroll away from the beach with its winding Victorian streets.
Scarborough is not only one of Yorkshire’s top beaches, but also one of the UK's top seaside resorts. Offering not one but two large sandy bays separated by a rocky outcrop and the ruins of Scarborough Castle, both beaches are backed with everything you might expect from such a traditional resort; shops, amusements, cafes, ice cream parlours and of course donkey rides! You can also book a boat trip here and view the area from the water.
A Victorian promenade links the two bays and is perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll.
4. Staithes Beach
The fishing village of Staithes, widely considered the prettiest on the east coast, is located within a sheltered harbour with a small sandy beach. This dramatic coastline is where the North York Moors National Park meets the sea and the landscape is breathtaking. Sometimes known as the Dinosaur Coast, the area is very popular with fossil hunters.
5. Saltburn Beach
With its Victorian pier; once twice as long, Saltburn is steeped in heritage. With the town first developed following the Industrial Revolution and the local iron industry, you’ll find countess references to this bygone era. Why not ride the UK's oldest water balanced funicular lift which is situated behind the pier or visit the Italian Gardens and miniature railway?
The beach is a mixture shingle and sand and offers plenty of amenities along its promenade.
Surfers will love Saltburn. It is home to one of the best surf spots along this stretch of North Sea coast.
Why not take a look at our Yorkshire Coastal Cottages and plan your trip to this beautiful part of the UK.
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