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Sandsend from Sandsend beach
Sandsend is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
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Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
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54°30′03″N 0°40′06″W / 54.50075°N 0.66845°W / 54.50075; -0.66845Coordinates: 54°30′03″N 0°40′06″W / 54.50075°N 0.66845°W / 54.50075; -0.66845

Sandsend is a small fishing village, near to Whitby in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England. It forms part of the civil parish of Lythe. It is the birthplace of fishing magnate George Pyman. Originally two villages, Sandsend and East Row, the united Sandsend has a pub and restaurant. A large part of the western side of the village, in The Valley, is still owned by Mulgrave Estate. The Valley is one of the most expensive areas to buy property on the Yorkshire Coast.


Sandsend and the neighbouring village of East Row began as separate villages, but were joined when extra cottages were built for workers in the alum industry.[1] Sandsend was also buoyed by tourism from the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway, which ran through the village from 1855 to 1958.[1] The local station was Sandsend railway station, which opened in 1883 and was closed in 1958.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1947 British comedy drama Holiday Camp, the opening shots of a train arriving at a cliff-top station and passengers boarding buses outside the station were filmed at Sandsend.[3]


Two becks empty into the North Sea at Sandsend; Sandsend Beck and East Row Beck. Both of these becks flow through Mulgrave Woods and were bridged by the railway on high viaducts across the village.[4]


The principal public transport serving Sandsend is the Arriva North East 4 & X4 bus service, which runs from Whitby up the coast to Middlesbrough.[5] The main road through the town is the A174 which runs from Whitby to Thornaby-On-Tees.

Sandsend is located on the coastal part of the 110-mile (180 km) Cleveland Way and it follows the course of the old railway line northwards.[6]


  1. ^ a b Dillon, Paddy (2005). Cleveland Way. Cicerone. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-85284-447-9. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory Of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  3. ^ "Holiday Camp". REELSTREETS. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Lost Viaducts Brought The Coast Together". Whitby Gazette. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ "X4 - Buses from Middlesbrough to Loftus and Whitby". Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ "The Cleveland Way". National Trails. Retrieved 8 November 2015.