A mix of swimming and jumping, coasteering will give you the ultimate adrenaline rush as you navigate the dramatic coastlines of Yorkshire.
Want to explore the Yorkshire coastline in a whole new way? Coasteering is an action-packed activity that’ll have you scrambling over rocks, swimming through narrow openings and jumping from rocky ledges. Your playground will be Thornwick Bay, a huge chunk of coastline in Flamborough and there are two companies on-hand to show you the ropes. This is your chance to explore secret areas of the coastline that no one else can access – so what are you waiting for?!
Scarborough Surf School
It may be known for its surfing lessons, but coasteering is becoming one of the most in-demand activities at Scarborough Surf School. They offer action-packed sessions that last two hours, so you’ll get plenty of time to explore all of the nooks and crannies of the Flamborough coast. There are usually around 10 people in your group, but you can book intimate family sessions or even larger groups for hen and stag dos.
You’ll meet at the Surf School for a full briefing, then it’s on to Thornwick Bay where you’ll get kitted out in your wetsuits, helmets and buoyancy aids. The session itself is suited to all kinds of abilities. Jumps vary from one to 10 metres high, so whether you’re a daredevil or you want to take it easy, you can take in your surrounds in a way that suits you.
Your instructor will guide you through, plying you with cool facts about the unusual geological features around you. You’ll take to the water first and swim up to the bottom of the cliff face, where a range of crags and ledges await – will you take the leap of faith into the North Sea below? The adventure doesn’t stop here though. You’ll squeeze through tiny passes under the cliff face and leap off a giant ledge inside Yorkshire’s largest cave. All this is topped off with incredible wildlife spotting if you visit in the early summer months – keep an eye out for nesting puffins, razorbills and gulls.
Scarborough Surf School, Killerby Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NR. Coasteering takes place at Thornwick Bay. Prices start from £40 per person for two hours.
For an adrenaline-fuelled coasteering experience, check out Bay Watersports. In their two and a half hour sessions, you’ll wade out into the sea and explore the low-level areas of coastline, before amping it up with scrambling and jumping challenges. Group sizes tend to be around 10 people, but can range from four to 22 adventurers if you book private sessions. They welcome all abilities and promise breathtaking views throughout – this is your chance to go off the grid into areas that aren’t accessible by the general public.
Everyone meets at Thornwick Bay for a full safety briefing and change of clothes, before you kickstart your escapades. How far you want to push yourself is up to you – their routes have a mixture of high and low jumps, but don’t worry, you’ll never be pressured into anything. For the thrill-seekers among you, there are large jumps like The Stack that’ll get your heart racing as you plummet into the North Sea below.
As you navigate the cliffs, you’ll come across some of the coolest coasteering spots in Yorkshire. You can squeeze through the Goonies pass and explore the almighty Smugglers Cave, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Washing Machine is an absolute must – feel the water lift your feet off the ground as it swirls around you in this unusual rocky channel. Pair the action with wildlife-spotting and local coastline history for one giant interactive geography lesson unlike any other.
Bay Watersports, Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire YO14 9LA. Coasteering takes place at Thornwick Bay. Prices start from £40 per person for two and a half hours.