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The picture postcard coastal village of Sandsend is situated 2 miles to the north of Whitby, and lies on the edge of the beautiful North York Moors National Park.
Nestling under Lythe Bank and Mulgrave Woods, the village stretches along a sweep of beach, and is divided by a stream running into the sea. It provides clear views of the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey.
The award winning sandy beach extends toward Whitby and has fossil-rich rock pools, reptile remains have been found on the foreshore, along with many ammonites and shells. The beach is also ideal for sea angling as well as surfing. There is a popular beach walk to nearby Whitby or along the sand and rocks to Kettleness where there are caves. There are also some stunning walks along the cliffs.
Woodland walks may be had in Mulgrave Woods which contain the remains of the old Mulgrave Castle which legend states was founded by Wada, a sixth century ruler of Hälsingland but is actually an early thirteenth century stone enclosure fortress, founded by Robert de Turnham.. The Mulgrave Estate covers around 15,000 acres which includes 4 miles of coastline between Sandsend and Runswick Bay and stretches south westwards inland for a distance of approximately 9 miles to Egton.
The village has a rich history and has received literary mentions from both the poet William Wordsworth and Charles Dickens. Sandsend has several teashops, excellent restaurants, two pubs, a range of gift shops and a good provisions shop. There is also a surf school and an art gallery.