Forget palm trees and white sand—this beach, part of the North York Moors national park, is about cliffs, dramatic views, and nature at its most powerful and elemental. It is scenic but deceptive—the tide rushes in quickly, so take care not to get cut off. Provided the tide is out, you can stroll for a couple of hours south from the town along a rough stone shore full of rock pools, inlets, and sandy strands. A few stretches of sand are suitable for sunbathers. To
the south, at the curiously named Boggle Hole, an old water mill nestles in a ravine. Farther south is Ravenscar, a Victorian village that currently consists of little more than a hotel, which can be reached by walking up the cliff along a hazardous but exhilarating path. Amenities : none. Best for : walking.
Robin Hood's Bay, England