Discover the Yorkshire coast’s best summer picnic spots

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Last month was National Picnic Month (we didn’t know it existed either) and to celebrate, the team at Route YC have put together a list of the best spots to head to with a blanket, a packed lunch and a few ice-cold beers this summer. 

Whether you want to relax on the sand or catch the sunset from an idyllic cliffside position, there are plenty of unmissable picnic spots along the rugged Yorkshire coastline. 

With lots of places to pitch up along the way, why not make the most of the British sunshine by combining your camping or touring trip with picnic lunches?

The first spot that can’t be missed is a picnic next to the 30 ft Falling Foss waterfall in Whitby. Lay down your rug under the shade provided by the tree canopy and enjoy some sandwiches to the sound of the trickling waters. 

While in Whitby, don’t miss Robin Hood’s Bay – a picturesque fishing village surrounded by grassy cliffside that’s perfect for a picnic. Head there in the evening to catch a sunset that’ll be the envy of all your Instagram followers.  

If you want to enjoy panoramic views of the Yorkshire Coast while you munch, there are plenty of great picnic locations along Ravenscar Beach. Once you’ve finished eating, head down to the beach for some fossil hunting. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some seals. 

Another great spot for a picnic is Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake. Fill your bellies on sandwiches and snacks before trying your hand at sailing. 

If you’re looking for a romantic spot to surprise your significant other or you’re embarking on a romantic honeymoon road trip there’s no better place to lay down your picnic blanket than the aptly named Lover’s Rock. Located on Hayburn Wyke’s pebble and boulder beach, Lover’s Rock is a large sofa-shaped boulder that makes a great spot for admiring the waves or staring lovingly into each other’s eyes. 

Don’t forget to pay a visit to Scarborough North Bay Beach, which is a great place to set up your picnic, go rock pooling or try your hand at some wild swimming if you’re feeling brave. 

Route YC reminds picnic enthusiasts about the importance of cleaning up after themselves to keep this pristine area clean and plastic free.