The best beaches on Teesside and North Yorkshire for wheelchairs and buggies

Teesside and North Yorkshire is home to a breathtaking 90-mile coastline, ranging from simple sand dunes to rugged cliffs.

However, not all of these beaches are easily accessible, with some tucked away at the bottom of steep, uneven paths - posing a particular challenge for those with mobility issues or pushing a pram. To help navigate this, Yorkshire Live has compiled a useful guide to some of most wheelchair-friendly beaches in and around our region.

It has taken into account factors such as disabled parking and toilets, as well as proximity to shops and other amenities. It has also strived to include a variety of beaches to cater to all tastes.

However, it's worth noting that the more developed areas tend to be the most disability-friendly. Here are five of the best, listed in alphabetical order.

Bridlington

The classic northern seaside resort of Bridlington is split between the lively North Beach, packed with amusement arcades and rides, and the quieter South Beach.

Both are suitable for wheelchairs and prams, but the latter is particularly disability-friendly. It provides disabled parking on the north ramp leading to the Spa, a Changing Places disabled toilet, and ramps down to the beach.

There's even the option to hire special beach wheelchairs, some of which can float in the sea. While less developed than North Beach, South Beach still offers plenty of activity, with cafes, chip shops and pubs near the town centre.

Filey

Filey -Credit:Getty
Filey -Credit:Getty

This charming town offers a perfect blend of hustle and tranquillity. The easiest way to access the beach is through Cobble Landing, where you'll find disabled parking spaces and a disabled toilet, as well as a snack bar, bistro and ice cream parlour along the seafront.

There's street parking available near the ramp entrance at the junction of Cargate Hill and The Beach Road, although it's not specifically for disabled users. Public toilets and a snack bar are also conveniently located next to the ramp.

Flamborough (South Landing)

Just four miles north of Bridlington, this untouched pebble and shingle beach is one of Yorkshire's more disability-friendly quiet beaches.

There's some unofficial-looking general parking opposite the RNLI station. From here, it's just a short distance down the tarmac to the beach, though navigating a shingle and pebble beach on wheels can be challenging.

While beach facilities are limited, there are toilets and a proper car park at the Living Sea Centre, just 250 metres from the beach.

Marske

This pristine sandy beach is an ideal spot for a peaceful getaway.

A car park with toilets is available on Coast Road, but the path from the car park to the beach isn't particularly wheelchair-friendly. Instead, there's a road leading down to the sands from High Street, which offers limited street parking.

There are no facilities at or near the beach. The nearest amenities can be found in the village itself.

Scarborough

Views of Scarborough beach as thousands of people enjoy warm weather
Scarborough beach is a popular spot for Teessiders looking to enjoy the warmer weather -Credit:Getty Images

Scarborough, a classic northern British seaside town, features two bays: the bustling South Bay and the more serene, less developed North Bay. The seafront of Scarborough is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, with a 3.5-mile tarmacked path following the coastline.

Ramps leading down to the beach are available, and there's limited disabled parking at The Spa and The Esplanade, next to the Cliff Lift. Both bays have plenty of facilities and toilets.