Scarborough South Bay Kayak Launch

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Scarborough South Bay Kayak Launch

Scarborough South Bay/Holbeck By Iain Sellors

Launching your kayak from this area gives you the option of heading North to fish around the Marine Drive area, South to fish into Cornelian Bay or further Grisphorpe, or you can stay around the bay itself and fish for flatfish, mackeral, small pollock and bass given the right conditions.


There are two places to access your kayak, one around the spa area just off the sea front road, or around the rock armour where the Holbeck Hotel slipped into the sea during 1993. The easiest is by far the slip way just off the main sea front road

scarborough south bay

scarborough beach

However during the summer you will have to be here early to find a suitable car space, and be prepared to put your hand in your pocket for the privilege

There is limited car park space here, so on weekends or in the summer holidays you should try to be here before 8am – you can drive down the slip even in busy times if you take care to offload and pick up your kayak, just take extra care as it can be busy

The second access point is by far the hardest but my favoured one as you do not have to pay and you are away from the crowds, as said before it is where the Hoklbeck Hotel sadly slipped into the sea through cliff erosion

Park in the car park at the top, as now there is no charge, the council tried some machines last year but gladly they soon ripped them out

Trollies are needed here, follow the path down to the rock armour

Once at the bottom you have two options, either right or left – the right launch site is a small slip, but there is a bit of a step down to the sea, you can do this on your own if you are fit and care is taken, but some may find it’s a two man job

The launch to the left is easier as it is a small beach

Both these areas are best tackled when the sea is around high, say 3 hours either side, although the one to the right can be tricky if there is any sort of chop on – if the tide is out then you will have to do some carrying as you will be on flat rock and bladderwack, I have launched and come in though on a big low tide

This is where I cut my teeth kayak fishing, often carrying the kayak down the cliff on my back – Cornelian Bay really does have some great kayak fishing, the cod grounds start as soon as you get to the headland, usual summer tactics using lures – there are several reefs where bass and pollock cruise over looking for prey, they are great to paddle over with a sliver or j-11

By | 2018-03-23T08:51:38+00:00 July 11th, 2010|North East|3 Comments

About the Author:

Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. admin March 27, 2010 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Looks a nice place to fish Iain. Thankyou for taking the time to compile this article for the site

  2. Jim August 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Is their a kayak fishing club in Scarborough or filey….have read up on safety but would like some local knowledge…

  3. Andy May 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks Iain, I live near Scarborough and thinking of purchasing a fishing Kayak, really helpful article, thanks for taking the time.

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