Whitby’s West Cliff beach has been named in a nationwide poll of the top 20 in the country.
Travel website, Trip Advisor, published a list of the best of the beaches that have a prestigious Blue Flag award - handed out only to destinations that meet strict criteria such as water and environmental tests, have beach management facilities, wheelchair access and lifeguards.
Of the West Cliff beach the survey said: “There’s much more to Whitby than Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, you know.
“The North Yorkshire seaside town has beaches on both sides of the River Esk, but the larger sandy beach on West Cliff has an unmissable row of brightly coloured beach huts along the promenade. It’s the perfect place for families to unwind and sample some of Whitby’s local, freshly prepared and legendary fish and chips.
“What could be better?”
Whitby is featured in the poll alongside the likes of the prestigious Sandbanks resort in Dorset, the historic Margate beach and some a little closer to home.
Scarborough’s North Bay is also listed for its watersports and Bridlington North Beach for its promenade.