About Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay is a quiet former fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast. Just 8 miles North of Whitby and just 2 miles South of Staithes, the village is perfectly located for exploring this fantastic Jurassic coastline.
With just 90 cottages and little over 20 permanent residents, you may think this village has lost links with its fishing heritage. However, those lucky enough to stay here will soon learn that the majority of the cottages have remained in the same families for a long time - some for over 100 years.
Descendents of Mark Senior, a founding member of the "Staithes Group of Artists" still own the house his wife built in 1919 (yes it was Mrs Senior who commissiond the house build - Mark was too occupied with painting the local area) plus a number of other cottages are owned by their relatives. Many families who first came here in the 1950's purchased houses as holiday homes, when little fishing cottages weren't really a desirable investment to those current day owners. When cottages rarely appear on the market, they are often snapped up within weeks.
Runswick Bay doesn't pretend to be a cosmopolitan holiday destination. You will find that the locals are friendly, the beach and sea are clean (year on year we receive our Blue Flag Beach award and pass our clean water tests), we have one cracking cafe and one cosy pub, terrible mobile phone reception and for most, that's the idea of absolute bliss.