Cayton Bay10 min read

A secluded beach on the North Yorkshire coast, between Scarborough and Filey.

Cayton Bay Beach

Happy New Year! As we’re writing this, it’s the first week of 2020 and we’ve just had our first little adventure of the decade! Starting the year off with a walk on the beach at Cayton Bay.

We took a similar trip to Filey last year, so this January trip to the beach is becoming a tradition. It’s quite easy for us. It’s only around an hour to the coast from York.

Parking at Cayton Bay

We’ve learned our lesson. Before we set off from the house, we checked we had some change. £7. That should be enough, right?

Well, we weren’t wrong. We were planning on parking at Scarborough Surf School. Their car park is £3 for the day before 4pm and £2 after 4pm.

View of Cayton Bay and Surf Shop

As we approached the school, we noticed quite a few people parking on the side of the road just before you turn down the track to the school. In an attempt to save those precious pennies, we joined these savvy parkers.

If you are concerned about leaving your car on a road, then £3 is hardly a huge amount to pay.

Cayton Bay 2 Minute Beach Clean

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot this sign until our way back to the car, but on the way to the beach, there’s an A board with some rubbish bags you can collect.

Cayton Bay 2 Minute Beach Clean

The initiative encourages people to collect rubbish they see on the beach to prevent it from being washed out to sea or harming wildlife.

We loved this and Alan had actually commented on how clean and tidy the beach looked. So apparently it’s working.

Cayton Bay Beach

From the surf school (or the road for those penny pinchers like us), it’s only a few minutes walk down to Cayton beach. To get down to the beach, it’s a fairly steep, concrete path.

Path to Cayton Bay Beach

It gets sandy and wet with surfers trekking up and down, so take care. It might be best to wear some grippy (is that a technical term?) shoes.

The beach itself is actually pretty small. We’re still unsure whether the tide completely covers the beach when it’s in, but it’s definitely worth checking the tide times before heading out.

There were a dozen surfers out enjoying the, presumably, artic January waves. When we come round to ticking surfing off our bucket list, we’re hoping the water is going to be a little warmer…

We took a left when we got down to the beach. This took us on a shorter walk to the end of the beach, closer to the surfers. Alan wanted to get a few pictures of the surfers, so we headed up some steps to get a better view.

At the top of the steps there’s a lifeguard station and a lovely little shop called Lucy’s Beach Shack. Selling hot and cold food and drinks, it looks like one of the only options for food at the beach, at least in the offseason.

Back to the beach, we walked down to the other side, past the entrance and a little further down the right of the beach. The tide was pretty close, so there wasn’t far to walk on the beach. We made our way back up the steep hill.

Walks from Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay is on the Cleveland Way trail. You can follow it north or south from Cayton. We weren’t planning a long walk, but we followed the route south to what looked like it would be a nice vantage point to see the bay.

If you do fancy a bit of a longer trek, you can take a 3 ½-mile walk to Scarborough or a 5-mile walk to Filey. Both look like nice routes, walking above the coast with panoramic views and being able to look back at each bay as you pass them.

Shortly after heading off on our walk, we realised we were hungry and we’d come prepared for that, too. Out came our slow-cooked, pulled sweet chilli chicken salads that we’d prepared that morning. Don’t wanna brag, but they were pretty nice.

We carried on walking for a little bit longer, but once we’d reached what looked like a tip of the coast, we turned back. The route was quite boggy in places, so we’d recommend some shoes that you aren’t too worried about getting mucky.

Russtic Tea Rooms, Cayton

Once back at the car, even with sweet chilli chicken in our stomachs, we still had some room for dessert. This time we weren’t prepared. A quick Google search found us Russtic Tea Room back in Cayton, which was handily on our route back to the A64.

Tucked away in the back of a convenience shop, the local tea room was a really friendly place to stop for a drink and cake on the way back. Both of us had hot chocolates, which were amazingly frothy! Whilst Megan had a chocolate cake (divine), Alan had a jam and coconut slice (also delicious).

There’s a small amount of parking outside the tea room and we were lucky that someone was pulling out as we got there. If you’re struggling for parking, it looks like there is some on-street parking in the village, too.

The woman serving us at Russtic Tea Room was lovely and was asking us about our day out in Cayton. There was another table in the tea room who must have been regulars because they were chatting away with her. We were really pleased that they were just as friendly to visitors as they were regulars.

Carbon Neutral Travel

Here are the stats for this trip for our Carbon Neutral Travel Pledge.

Miles driven: 80 miles
Carbon emissions: 0.02 tonnes
Money donated: £5
Trees planted: 1
Total carbon emissions: 0.02

At the start of the year, we set a goal for our travel to be carbon neutral. To do that we were donating money to the Woodland Trust for each trip we made. We might not have travelled as much because of Coronavirus, but we're committed to keeping our pledge. Every £5 helps the Woodland Trust plant and nurture one tree. You can help plant more trees, too, by donating to our JustGiving page to support or visit the Woodland Trust website.

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