Surfing on the Yorkshire Coast
The Yorkshire Coast is one of the best areas for surf in England. This stretch of coastline boasts some of the UKs finest beaches and with its natural geology creating spectacular surfing conditions, it makes the East Coast a perfect place to stay for a surfing holiday.
The popular surfing resorts like Cayton Bay, Scarborough, Saltburn and Bridlington have some great accommodation on offer, from camp sites, glamping and caravan parks, to self-catering and B&Bs by the sea, use our search tool below to help find and book your base.
And, if the surf decides not to play ball, and you're not one for sitting around twiddling your thumbs, take a day trip out to the North York Moors. A quick 10 - 20 minute drive and you'll find yourself surrounded by some of the most picturesque places to go for a walk or long-distance hike. There's some brand-new bike trails too, with routes on offer for all abilities. You should also consider checking out the guys at Pesky Husky - great fun!
One thing's for sure, you certainly won't get bored. There's too much on offer. Discover some of the best places to sleep, eat and drink, as well as finding out what's on and other suggestions for things to do, use our website.
Scarborough has got you covered, whether you're a complete beginner or just need to improve your technique, a variety of surf schools are on hand to help push your abilities and get you to the next level. With professional guidance in either a group lesson or on a one-to-one basis, you’ll be surfing quickly and safely at this stunning beachside location!
The best time for beginners are through the autumn months were the waves are more consistent, and the beaches are less crowded. The more adventurous and experienced surfers might prefer the winter months when the waves are likely to be at their biggest.
If you fancy checking out the North Bay today head on over to Magic Seaweed and watch the live webcams!
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a board and let’s dive in!
For experienced surfers, head to the northern end of the bay where The Point provides left handed waves breaking around the headland that can hold a big swell. Intermediate and advanced surfers can enjoy breaks at Pump House during mid to low tide, with fast moving hollow lefts and occasional rights, created by the shelving nature of the shore.
Cayton Bay is also a great place to learn to surf, with the middle of the bay offering mellow waves at mid to high tide. Expansive by nature, this area handles a crowd easily and is great for body boarding and long boarding too.
To the southern end of Cayton Bay, lies Bunkers - one of the only local spots that can be surfed through the full high tide. Offering world-class A-frame peaks, with both lefts and rights breaking over sand, Bunkers is one of the Yorkshire Coast's premier beach breaks.
Out to sea, covering the centre of the bay is the reef. Although rarely surfed due to its distance from shore and inconsistency, the reef is a perfect barrier from mid to low tide, creating a flat water lagoon, an idyllic location for a spot of kayaking or paddle boarding/SUP (stand up paddle board).
Saltburn is one of the original centres of the north-east surf scene and the locals are friendly despite the busy waves. Good beginner waves can be found either side of the pier. The guys at Saltburn Surf Shop above the beach can provide everything from lessons and hire to advice and new boards, and after thrashing around in the cold North Sea there's the option of great coffee and smoothies at Camfield's Coffee Bar, or beer and pub meals at The Ship, both right above the beach.