Whitby West Beach

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Dracula Trail & Cleveland Way SSSI Dog friendly Cover between 23rd May & 6th September Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

Once home to Captain James Cook, Whitby has a fine seafaring tradition and still operates as a fishing port.  Tourism has grown enormously in recent years, due in part to the character of the town,  its association with Whitby jet, the Dracula legend and its reputation for top class fish ‘n chips. Whitby is also the gateway to the Esk Valley and the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.  The beach is sandy and patrolled by lifeguards in season.  Highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to local girl Adrianna.


A life by the beach for Chad.


A view of Whitby from West Cliff, above West Beach.

One thought on “Whitby West Beach

  1. Joseph

    The beach means so many things to me: childhood holidays with my parents, romantic walks, sunsets…

    But looking out to sea can mean so many more things: hope, wonder, awe. I often think about the history on the seas and how the water and waves hide it. The sea has no memory, it is continuous and unrelenting, from the Saxons to the Vikings, to James Cook; the North East Coast has seen all of that and plenty more. It brings opportunity, discovery, hope, frailty, hostility and so much more.


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