As a child Cayton Bay was a beautiful place that I only ever viewed longingly as a passer by.
When we visited Scarborough, in North Yorkshire, on the East coast of England, our mode of transport was bus and the bay was the last notable place we travelled through as we approached our destination. Of course this meant that excitement levels would be rising at the prospect of a fun day by the sea.
Cayton Bay though always managed to enthral me, even though only glimpsed. The double decker bus travelled along the cliff road, the last major lap of the journey from Bridlington, which at times seemed all too close to the coastal edge; this though did give spectacular views of what was only really a bay, albeit a very beautiful one.
The bus would pick up day-trippers who were staying at Cayton Bay's holiday village, for the short trip into Scarborough.
What's on offer at Cayton Bay?
Well if you are in the area, and the weather is beautiful, you may just fancy stopping by for a day at the beach. Surfers brave the cold North Sea and with a clean sandy beach it is perfect, given the right weather conditions.
However as the great British Summer regularly misbehaves each Summer you may experience rain, rain and more rain.
With such a small resort there may not be a lot on offer at Cayton Bay in dire weather but is great for a holiday base.
Within easy reach either by train, bus or car you have Whitby, Flamingo Land, Scarborough, Filey, historic York and more,
A few miles north of Cayton Bay Scarborough offers much for the visitor. Beaches, two large bays, shops, restaurants, pubs, a Castle and much more.
To the south there is the brash seaside resort of Bridlington. Not my cup of tea, as we say, but it may be yours.
Between the two
Between the two above resorts there is Sewerby, Flamborough and Filey plus lots of small villages. Sewerby has an interesting park and museum. Flamborough is great for coastal walks and bird watching, of the feathered kind. Filey is a quaint seaside resort that has a bygone feel.
Even smaller resorts and villages such as Hunmanby and Reighton Gap offer stunning scenery, quaint villages, local pubs and clean unspoilt beaches.
The Dales area of Yorkshire will be on your doorstep and will provide scenery, fresh air and more.
Cayton Bay has a village caravan park that is set in stunning countryside. There is also a holiday park resort which has holiday homes, restaurants, a water-world, crazy golf and more.
Cayton Bay is one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. This means that although there has been some development in recent years it has retained much of its beauty and charm.
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