This Marine Conservation Society Recommended and Blue Flag beach is long and spacious, stretching for around 3.2 km (2 mi). It is made up of sand and rock and backed by cliffs. Sailing, surfing and swimming are the main activities. Fossil hunting is also a good pastime - there are even dinosaur footprints to be found on the beach. Access is via a slipway by West Pier (which hosts traditional seaside amusements) or by long, zigzagging paths on West Cliff. A lift operates during the late spring and summer months. The beach can get busy, but the town is backed by North York Moors National Park, if you feel like getting away from it all.