A beautiful sheltered sandy beach at the bottom of an old fashioned seaside town. I've been a regular visitor for more years than I care to admit; it was a regular childhood treat. The bay is flanked by cliffs with a jetty one end. It's very protected, so unless the wind is coming directly onto the beach, is quite sheltered. Very family friendly and patrolled by life guards in the summer. There are old fashioned swing boats at one end, and kiosks set in the concrete wall. Steep steps (and in the summer months a lift) give access from the clifftop promenade, alternatively you can walk down a slope at Louisa Bay and walk round, or face the traffic of Harbour Street, head down through York gate and gain access by the jetty.
There's one fairly discrete amusement arcade just up from the beach, but it's not a sea of temptations for those with children. The beach can get very busy during the Summer School holidays. Plenty of nearby places to eat, ranging from the pricey restaurant to a decent fish & chip shop.
A great atmosphere out of season too - the light can be wonderful on a bright winter's day.
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