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HLN explores… Sandsend

From exploring the estate’s wonderful woodland to getting lost in the wilderness watching whales, here’s what’s on our to-do list while staying at Raithwaite Sandsend.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 04.05.2022

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With the postcard-perfect town of Whitby and the beautiful fishing village of Sandsend just a stone’s throw away, Raithwaite Sandsend really has it all.

A 19th-century coastal retreat nestled in woodland, with a home-grown restaurant, indulgent spa and stylish suites to boot… Sounds pretty perfect, right? After a long day of exploring Yorkshire’s heritage coastline, we couldn’t think of a better spot to kick off our shoes (or walking boots), simply sink into the cloud-like beds and make ourselves at home.

The best part? This gorgeous Victorian estate lies right in the heart of Yorkshire’s heritage coastline and the North York Moors, leaving us with a whole host of adventures to enjoy. From surfing lessons with the local pros to lung-busting hikes or leisurely boat trips, you can do as much (or as little) as you wish at Raithwaite Sandsend. A perfect destination for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But what better way to get away from it all than with an itinerary jam-packed with some exciting activities? That’s why we’ve rounded up our top things to do in Sandsend – and we can guarantee there’ll be something for everyone here…

Read more about Raithwaite Sandsend here.


Whitby Whale Watching

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal to some of the sea’s most amazing creatures? Well, now you can tick that off your bucket list, thanks to Whitby Whale Watching. Hop on board, sit back, and wait to spot Minke, Fin, Sei and Humpback Whales, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and thousands of seals.


Keen for an activity that doesn’t involve pulling on your walking boots? We hear you – and, more to the point, so does Raithwaite Sandsend. Catch some waves with the estate’s very own Surf School. Even if you’ve never even carried a surfboard before, their pro teachers will get you on your feet and riding those waves in no time.


Have a go at the slightly more chilled activity of Stand Up Paddleboarding – the beach is just a short walk away, the hotel concierge can fix you up with all the latest gear (including wetsuits), and SUP really is the perfect way to explore Yorkshire’s unbeatable coastline.

Boat trip

If you fancy breathing in your fair share of sea air to blow those cobwebs away, without getting too damp, how about starting out on your own mini sea voyage with Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips?


Raithwaite Estate

Raithwaite Sandsend is blessed with award-winning landscaped gardens, which come into full bloom during spring, just waiting to be explored. Whether that be through a relaxed stroll in their magical woodlands, following the estate’s adventure trails or a spot of foraging with expert chefs, many of Yorkshire’s most wonderful walks across the moors and dales can begin as soon as you step foot outside. 

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Hike to the charming Runswick Bay, stroll over to the historic harbour town of Whitby or channel your inner Cathy and Heathcliff out on the moors. Or, if you’re more of a hardcore hiker, think three-day hikes along the Cleveland Way.


Fancy a stroll in a haven of peace and tranquillity? Us, too. And we know just the place – Pannett Park. From beautifully maintained grounds to stunning views and a state-of-the-art play area, the park is also home to Whitby Museum and Pannett Art Gallery – so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.



Try your hand at casting and see if you can land a brown or a rainbow trout. Fly fishing lessons for all ages take place at Raithwaite’s very own lake on the estate or the River Esk.

Or, if you’re feeling brave, why not venture out to the North Sea with Whitby Fishing Trips? You’ll be in safe hands on their premier charter boat with the chance to go on wreck, reef and charter angling trips from the picturesque Port of Whitby. We can guarantee you’ll have an enjoyable day afloat.

Brewery Tours

This one is for the beer lovers. Learn how the finest craft beers and ales are created in Yorkshire from the very best, with a trip to a local brewery organised by Raithwaite.


Whitby Abbey

A trip to Sandsend wouldn’t be complete than without a short detour to the romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which has earned its fame as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula. The atmospheric ruins have attracted visitors from far and wide for centuries.

Church of Saint Mary

While you’re there, be sure to climb the 199 steps up to the Church of Saint Mary too, which stands impressively on Whitby’s windswept East Cliff and has views for days.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

History lovers, listen up. Here you can visit the 17th-century house where explorer Captain James Cook, who put the East Coast of Australia on the map, came to serve his seaman’s apprenticeship. The Museum’s rich collection celebrates Cook’s achievements and is home to letters in Cook’s handwriting, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps and strange objects from newly discovered lands.

To find out more about Raithwaite Sandsend or to book your stay, visit their website.

Stay up to date with all their activities, adventures and offers via their Facebook and Instagram.

Raithwaite Estate Sandsend Road Whitby North Yorkshire YO21 3ST.

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