We have lived in East Yorkshire for over a year and a half now. Fraisthorpe beach on the East Yorkshire coast is one of those beaches that we kept saying we would visit but we never got around to it. Now we are exploring our local area more we decided to spend a few hours there the other day. It’s a lovely beach and I’m sure we will return.
Fraisthorpe Beach is approximately 10 minutes drive south from Bridlington. It’s signposted with a brown sign off the Hull road, the A165. You then follow a bendy single track road down to the beach. This road isn’t for the faint hearted but don’t let it put you off – just be prepared.
Car Park at Fraisthorpe Beach
The car park at Fraisthorpe is charged. You have to pay on arrival at the entrance so make sure you have cash or card at the ready. (unlike us).
It cost £3.00 for us to park our car all day at Fraisthorpe beach. You have to pay a human being from your car. Cash is passed back and forth in a fishing net! Or you can wave your contactless card at them. It is just £1 to park in the winter.
You then park, essentially, at the bottom of the farmer’s field. We had cows right by our car, fenced off of course. The car park itself is just a bumpy patch of grass with rough gravel down the middle of it. The car park opens at 8:30am. If you plan to stay until late make sure you ask on arrival when the car park will close for the day.
Address: Unnamed Rd, Bridlington,, Wilsthorpe, Bridlington YO15 3QL
Cafe at Fraisthorpe Beach
The cafe and toilets are a short walk from the car park, away from the beach. The Cow Shed Cafe is in a lovely modern building. You currently can’t sit inside and eat a meal but they are open every day of the week for take-away food and drinks.
The toilets are also here with access from the outside so you don’t have to enter the building. They are open on a one in at a time basis.
The Beach at Fraisthorpe
There is direct access from the car park onto the beach. The closer you park to the entrance of the car park the easier the access to the beach. The car park goes on and on, if you park too far down the edge becomes too steep to walk down. The car park sits on a soft cliff type edge of varying heights, birds even nest in parts of it.
There are no dog restrictions on this stretch of beach. Although you are asked to keep your dogs on a lead and of course clean up after them. The beach is a lot sandier than further down at south beach in Bridlington. There’s a lot less pebbles and shells on this beach. In fact we were surprised by how hard the sand is on the beach – it’s perfect for sandcastle building!
You can even see Bridlington from the beach and you can walk there if you wish although it could take an hour or so. The beach is very popular with horse riders and we saw at least 7 while we were there.
There is no life guard service at this beach. The sea is very shallow for a good way out.
There were many pillbox structures lining this section of land during the two World Wars. The coastline has eroded a lot since the 1940s and over 100m of that land has disappeared. Because of this these structures now sit on the beach. Most are broken and look more like giant rocks. There’s a couple still intact, one of which you can still go in. Although there are some remnants in the sea by the top end of the car park it’s worth the walk in the direction of Bridlington to see the other ones.
You can probably tell that we visited on a pretty overcast day. It was only around 14oC but the beach was relatively busy. A lot busier than we were expecting it to be. I’m sure this is because so many attractions are closed because of coronavirus. Also because so many people aren’t at work or at school, There was a lot of dog walkers but there were also lots of people set up for the day.
If you are looking for a quiet beach with not much to do then this could be for you although unless you’re prepared to walk further south it isn’t especially quiet right now. It is cheaper than parking at south beach in Bridlington for the day.
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