Runswick Bay is a picture postcard North Yorkshire coastal village, boasting a mile of secluded bay and gorgeous beach. Situated nine miles north of Whitby, it nestles in between Sandsend and Staithes, and forms part of the Cleveland Way which runs along its beach. It is part of the Jurassic coast and famed for its fossils.
The sandy beach is ideal for sandcastles and at low tide the perfect place to explore rockpools. At high tide the jetty provides an excellent platform for crabbing. Seals, dolphins and whales have all been spotted in the waters, which are excellent for fishing, especially cod and mackerel.
Runswick Bay used to form a key part of the local fishing trade, but since that died out, is now mainly holiday cottages, many of which can be rented. The cottages are built into the cliffside, and reached by narrow paths and plenty of steps. The village has been popular with holidaymakers for centuries. In more recent times, it has become known for its surf, and the brave and adventurous can be seen frequenting the coldest of its tidal waters.
The beach and village are popular with dog owners, as it is one of the few beaches along this stretch of coast that doesn’t have any restrictions on dogs. In the lower village there are two large car parks, one for residents and another for the public. Further parking is available at the top of the bank.
The village itself is largely car free, with a small road for loading only which runs in front of the Royal Hotel.
The Royal Hotel is a traditional British pub with beer garden that overlooks the sweeping bay, and provides the perfect view of the beach and cliffs.
The Royal provides a warm welcome, roaring fires in winter, and home cooked meals at lunch and dinner. It also offers a regularly changing range of local ales and beers.
The pub is dog friendly and provides water for four legged friends. It is also family friendly (before 9pm) and happy to provide highchairs and an extensive home-cooked childrens’ menu.
There are always some locally sourced specials on the menu, and artwork to purchase from local artists adorns the walls.
The Royal is the perfect escape for a well-earned pint and feed and provides an excellent stop off on the Cleveland Way. During peak times the pub doesn’t take bookings, but they may be available on request during the winter. It also has a private dining room with arguably the best view of the bay, which seats up to 18 and can be pre-booked for parties.
As Runswick is a very seasonal destination, it is worth checking the opening hours before heading to The Royal, as in winter, especially during the week, its opening hours vary.
Open daily from 11am
Sunday – Thursday: 12-3pm & 5-8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12-3pm & 5-9pm
| Runswick Bay, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS13 5HT
Monday – Friday: 4pm–Close
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm–Close
Monday – Thursday: 5-8:30pm
Saturday: 12-3pm & 5-9pm
Sunday: 12-3pm & 5-8:30pm
Runswick Bay Hotel | The Runswick Bay Hotel, 2 Hinderwell Lane, Runswick Bay, Saltburn-by-the-sea, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR
The Runswick Bay Hotel is situated at the top of Runswick Bay in the upper village. It is only a 5 minute walk to the hidden gem of the beach itself and a 5 minute walk in the opposite direction along the clifftop on the Cleveland Way route to see the sea view from a height.
The Cleveland Way runs through its car park and it provides the perfect spot to eat, drink and sleep. With six individually styled bedrooms it provides a comfortable overnight respite, and its breakfasts are renowned for their generosity and high quality components.
The menu is varied and changes seasonally, always with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The food is cooked on site by resident chefs. A warm welcome is guaranteed, and a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits is always available. The décor throughout is stylish and cosy, and a roaring fire is sure to warm the cockles of the most weary traveller in the winter months.
There are two bar areas and a dining room, where tables can be reserved for lunch and dinner throughout the year.
As with The Royal, winter opening hours can vary, so it is worth checking them before heading to the Runswick Bay Hotel. All parts of the Runswick Bay Hotel are dog friendly, and the resident landlord Ted the brown Labrador is sure to offer an exuberant welcome.