With a dramatic stretch of coastal scenery, Route YC (Yorkshire Coast) is a fabulous staycation destination for wellness. With picture perfect beaches, hiking and biking routes as well as sailing and surfing this less travelled corner of the UK is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of life.
Made up of six coastal loops, Route YC takes in Bridlington, Filey, Hornsea, Scarborough, Whitby and Withernsea with each one providing a number of ways to capture a bit of zen. TeamCoco has explored the region and collated our favourite things to do and best places to stay for a rejuvenating break.
Nestled on the edge of the rugged North Yorkshire Moors National Park the historic coastal town of Whitby is an excellent place to start your Route YC adventure. Check in to The Marine, an elegant, luxurious, hotel and restaurant. This boutique stay overlooks the harbour, take in the beautiful sea views and enjoy a relaxing start to your day over one of their delicious breakfasts.
Nearby Falling Foss is a stunning 30ft waterfall surrounded by woodland.This two-mile circular route is suitable for walkers of all levels and takes in lots of little paddling pools, other smaller waterfalls and the delightful Falling Foss tea room, the perfect pit stop for a cuppa and cake. Afterwards head to Raithwaite Spa for a few hours’ downtime. Located in the heart of flower-filled gardens, this luxury country retreat is a lovely spot to unwind.Lounge by the heated indoor pool with a book or indulge in a spa treatment with one of their expert therapists.
Further down the coast at Scarborough you can learn to surf at the picturesque Cayton Bay. Whether you are a complete novice wanting to give surfing a try for the first time or regularly hit the breakers, the Scarborough Surf School has a team of expert coaches on hand to help you chase the best waves. There’s also paddleboarding and coasteering for those who love to get active in the water.
If you don’t fancy water sports, then cycle over to the seaside resort of Bridlington.This charming ride, just over 19 miles, takes you from the market town of Driffield down peaceful country lanes through the Wolds. The route is dotted with pretty villages full of charming country pubs and cafes, ideal for a scheduled stop. Pass the Elizabethan stately home of Burton Agnes Hall and enjoy the landscape that inspired David Hockney’s Woldgate. In Bridlington you can explore the North promenade and harbour before heading to The North Star for some of the best seafood on the coast.This award-winning hotel and restaurant, located on the striking cliffs of East Yorkshire, has breath-taking views and is the perfect spot to stay the night.
Golf enthusiasts can practise their chipping at South Cliff Golf Club.Sign up for nine holes at their links course or perfect your swing at their on-site driving range.For something more relaxing book a private yoga lesson on the beach with Bec at Core Yoga. She has been practising yoga since she was 16 years old and has experience with many different yoga disciplines which is reflected in the varied unique style of classes that she offers.
Hornsea Beach is a firm favourite with cold-water swimmers.Start your day with your very own Wim Hof experience and join one of the local groups that brace the cold for an invigorating morning sea swim. Once your finished head to one of the local cafés for breakfast.We love the hearty brekkie served at the Green Owl.
South of Hornsea is Withernsea, an area is famously known for its Tolkien influence – the Lord of the Rings author, spent time here when he was a soldier during World War One. Here an epic tale is being retold up and down Route YC by the residents. The Odyssey combines stories of love and loss to the Yorkshire Coastline.A fabulous way to disconnect and enjoy nature. Download the Echoes App, find a walk near you and listen to the chapters while you discover the area, you’ll be left wanting to return to find out the next plot twist.
After a day discovering Withernsea, wind down and indulge in a bit of ‘you’ time at The Retreat in Partington. Their team of highly qualified beauty therapists deliver a range of bespoke treatments, ensuring you leave feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
Route YC is a coastal paradise, perfect for reconnecting with yourself, exploring nature and enjoying a slower pace of life.
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