In this blog post, we'll take you along Route YC, one of the most popular beach walking routes on the Yorkshire Coast, and share tips to help you stay safe and make the most of your coastal walking adventure. So, lace up your walking boots and let's explore the beauty of Yorkshire in winter.
An easy beach walk from Hunmanby Gap to Filey
Not all walks need to be strenuous, so this walk from Hunmanby Gap to Filey is great! When you head down to Hunmanby Gap, you'll find a car park on your right, which is the best place to park and has loads of space, even in the height of summer. You'll leave the car park and follow a relatively steep bank down to the bottom, where you will cross over a pebble and rock section before reaching the beach.
Always check the tide times before setting off, and if you aim for when it is at its lowest, you'll find a large, sandy expanse of beach with the cliffs framing it from behind. You can turn left to head to Filey, a couple of miles' walk, or right and head down to Reighton and see the old bunkers dotted throughout the beach.
This is a dog-friendly beach all year round, but check the tides and stay clear of the cliff edges.
When embarking on a winter walk along the Yorkshire coast, it's essential to prioritise safety. The weather can change rapidly, and conditions can become treacherous, so being prepared is key. Before setting off, ensure you have appropriate clothing, footwear, and extra layers to combat the cold. It's also wise to check the weather forecast and tide times, as high tides can cut off certain routes. Let someone know your plans and estimated return time, and consider walking with a partner for added security. Stay on designated paths and be cautious of slippery surfaces.
Finally, be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to turn back if conditions worsen. By following these safety precautions, you can enjoy a memorable and safe winter walk along the beautiful Yorkshire coast.
If you get into trouble, call 999 and request the coastguard.