As a mermaid there is nothing more I love than a day at the beach with our family and friends.
From April on-wards you can pretty guarantee our weekends are usually spent on an adventure near the coast.
Since moving from Bristol we have had to find new coasts to visit and these are some of our favorites so far.
Advance warning we tend to go for beaches with no amusements and arcades. If that's your jam then these recommendations are not for you.
DANES DYKE (FLAMBOROUGH BEACH)
Danes Dyke Beach is located on the southern side of the Flamborough headland, just under a mile west of South Landing.
The pebble beach becomes sandier closer to the water. At low tide, a number of rockpools are exposed, making this a good place to explore for marine wildlife.
From the beach there are views across Bridlington Bay and further down the coast, unusually good for this part of the coast.
We often take a picnic and make time for a walk in the woodland area before we go down to the beach, be warned that suitable footwear is recommended for the walk down to the beach and across the rocks at the bottom of the woodland area. There is a car park with a toilet and kiosk which can be accessed via a track leading off Bridlington Road. From here there are a number of paths through the woodlands, one of which leads down to the beach. The kids love will the woodland trails down towards the beach, where there is a chance of spotting squirrels or even the occasional deer if you are quiet.
Please be aware that the descent to the beach might be difficult for those with mobility problems.
Fraisthorpe is a flat, sandy beach that forms part of Bridlington Bay. This makes the beach perfect for walking, with dogs allowed all year round.
In summer, Fraisthorpe is a popular spot for taking a dip in the North Sea, although there is no lifeguard service. I love this beach because the children can play in the water without worrying about stones under the water. (chocolate sea problems as hero calls it) This beach is backed by low clay cliffs and has one cafe/restaurant (the cow shed) and toilet facilities. Parking is £3.00 in warmer seasons.
This is my favorite beach purely because the ocean stays consistently at one level for a very wide stretch meaning the kids can run & splash in the water and you know there are no sudden drops in depth. It's also perfect for a spot of lunch and a cosy by the fire in 'The cow shed' and a walk in the autumn.
The traditional seaside resort of Filey is less commercial than some of its neighbours and is an ideal seaside location for anyone looking for a stretch of good sand for walks, playing in the sand, kite-flying. Filey has a strong fishing heritage and today visitors can still watch fishermen mending and casting their nets from the traditional “cobble” fishing boats.
The promenade running along the seafront features a series of art works inspired by the local natural heritage. For the real thing though, head to Filey Brigg which is a good spot for birdwatching and marks the start of the Cleveland Way coastal walk. Filey is a beach we don't often go to as much as we should, and we are reminded of this every time we return.
ROBIN HOOD BAY
The beach at Robin Hood’s Bay has a powerful, natural beauty, all of its own. it reminds me of a scene from a movie with its tiny cottages and cobble stone alley ways through its village. At high tide the beach is largely submerged by water, but when the tide is out, an attractive, small, sandy beach with rocks and rock pools is revealed. The rocky shoreline here and the fact the water is icey cold so not one I would generally recommend for swimming.
There is no parking area by the sea front, but you can park in one of the two public car parks in the village. The car park at the top of the bay has disabled facilities. From the car park at the top of the village there is then a steep climb down through the narrow streets of the old village with its choice of pubs and delightful tea shops. The beach and surrounding area is very dog-friendly and there are no restrictions at any time of the year.
Hope this helps you guys on your east coast beach adventures.
Oceans Of Love
Charlie Edwards - Light Code Weaver - Healer