One of the most picturesque villages on the Yorkshire coast. Runswick Bay clings to the slope in a maze of tiny passages and stairways. Despite its touristy reputation (and large car park), Runswick Bay feels remarkably unspoilt, with a distinct lack of the tourist shops that fill other villages.
A good sandy beach spreads around the bay, although very little is left at high tide. There are plenty of things to explore along the beach, including the Hob Holes, small caves in the cliff and a ravine in miniature at the eastern end of the bay.
The entire village (apart from a single cottage) fell into the sea in 1682, fortunately with no loss of life. The sheltered location was clearly felt to be worth the risk, and the village was soon rebuilt. That sheltered location is a boon to local gardeners, and even on this author's visit in January the first bulbs were visible in the many tubs that line the paths through the village.
The Royal Hotel, located in the middle of the village
Tearooms at the very front.
Car Park at the base of the new road into the village (and also at Runswick Bank Top). Public Toilets.
Runswick Bay is on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL27 (North Yorks Moors Eastern Area)