The Yorkshire Coast is hugely varied. There are Victorian seaside towns like Filey, Scarborough
and Saltburn, the very epitome of the classic English seaside resort. There are
quaint fishing harbours like Staithes, Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay. There are high
chalk cliffs, so highly symbolic of the English coast.
There are fine seabird colonies where
you can find gannets, puffins, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes Grey seals haul out on
rocks and from Whitby you can go whale watching in late summer in search of minke
whales, harbour porpoise and bottlenose dolphins.
Then there is the heather moorland, a blaze of purple in late summer, which rolls down
to almost touch the coast on the edge of the North York Moors, where adders and slow
worms can be found basking on a summer’s day. There is evidence of industry too, past
and present – the steel industry, mining, quarrying, fishing and railways. And then there
is Whitby, a place of legend, atmosphere and history, from where Captain Cook went on
to explore the wider world and where Bram Stoker was inspired to write his classic Gothic
Almost the entire coastline is accessible, with long distance coastal paths that follow
the very edge of Yorkshire. Those accessible sections are certainly the most appealing
stretches of this spectacular coast.
Some of these paths are National Trails like The
Cleveland Way or other more recent long distance paths like The Headland Way. Others
are ordinary, everyday footpaths which give access to some stunning, secret places. In
spring and summer the coastal footpaths are a riot of colour, the pink of thrift and red
campion, dazzling white ox-eye daisies and cow parsley, bright yellow bird’s foot trefoil
and kidney vetch.
Chris Gee explores the Yorkshire Coast from south to north. Generously illustrated, this
companion guide to the Yorkshire Coast will provide added pleasure and knowledge for
those who have walked it in whole or in part, or for those who still have this glorious treat
Chris Gee is a York-based photographer who specialises in outdoor writing and
landscape photography. Chris combines his passion for the outdoors and walking
with a keen interest in industrial archaeology, wildlife photography and recording the
changing seasons. Having relocated from Manchester to York in 2012, Chris has spent
the last four years exploring every inch of the Yorkshire Coast from the River Tees to the
Imprint: PiXZ Books.ISBN 978 0 85710 107 5, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published October 2016.