Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide

Here we are lockdown #2. The guidance is as always vague so in the avoidance of doubt, we have so far stayed really close to home. There are still a few beaches we haven’t explored and last weekend we visited Hunmanby Gap beach.

Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
In the direction of Filey

I often pass the sign to the beach on the A165. It’s the round-a-bout with both a Reighton and Hunmanby Gap exit. I’m glad we finally visited as it’s a really beautiful beach. We are so lucky to have so many on the Yorkshire coast.

Hunmanby Gap is a short drive south of Filey and an even shorter drive south from Primrose Valley and the Haven holiday park. We visited just an hour after high tide and I was wary that there might not be enough sand to walk on. Luckily I needn’t have worried. We were treated to a vast expanse of golden sandy beach. It was so clean as well. No oil, no seaweed, we were very impressed.

Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
In the direction of Reighton

The car park is closed from November to March. Luckily we parked in one of three car parking spaces next to the cafe which is then a really short and not very steep walk down to the beach.

Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
The track down

The cafe was also closed and reopens when the car park reopens. The road down to the beach is a narrow one track lane. There is a verge though and you can park in a line on it from November until March. It can be a much longer walk though depending on where you have to park. The toilets are also now closed for the autumn/winter.

Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
The Beach Cafe

We decided to walk in the direction of Primrose Valley/Filey. It’s amazing to see all the houses right by the sea but sad to think they may not be there in a couple of decades time. Cliff erosion is quite bad in this area! If you walk in the other direction you will walk in the direction of Reighton Sands. If you do attempt to walk to Filey make sure you pay attention to the tide times as you could get cut off.

There are also a couple of intact pillboxes from World War II on the beach in the direction of Filey. One of them made a great place for us to spend some time building sandcastles and making roads. Even in late autumn, you can have fun on a beach, although we were very lucky with the weather!

Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide
Hunmanby Gap Beach | Visitor Guide

The beach itself is lined with cliffs, some of which have a good collection of stones and pebbles. You might even find a fossil. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round, please make sure you pick up any mess.

Important Information about Hunmanby Gap

Address: Hunmanby Gap YO14 9QW

Car parking at Hunmanby Gap – The car park is open March to October. November to March you can only park on the verge of a narrow lane. There is a small charge to park from Spring to Summer.

Facilities at Hunmanby Gap: The cafe and toilets are open from March until the end of October. They sell hot and cold food and drinks.

Opening Times: Hunmanby Gap beach is accessible all year round.

Accessibility – There is a path all the way down to the beach although access once down there is not easy. There are no disabled toilets.

Is Hunmanby Dog Friendly: Dogs are permitted on the beach all year round.

Category: Beach, suitable for all ages.

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    1. Haxby

      Normal open 8 till 6 £1 per hour or £5 for all day their is portloos At the carpark 20p per person to use…. These are cleaned every hour…..

  2. […] my favourite places. So far on the North Yorkshire coast I’ve ticked off Filey (of course!), Hunmanby Gap (a fave so far and a place I’ve spent a lot of time for my personal project exploring the […]

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