over Staithes Harbour 

Staithes is an old fishing village near Whitby, on the North Yorkshire Coast, famous for its association with Captain Cook and more recently, the BBC Children's characters of 'Old Jack's Boat'. Staithes has a harbour from which fishing trips can be booked and children love to catch crabs off the harbour wall (bucket and lines are left in the outhouse at Cliff Cottage). There is a safe sandy beach and further along, rock pools and a chance to go fossil hunting. 

The village has two pubs (the Royal George and Cod and Lobster ( ) which serve meals lunchtimes and evenings, tea shops etc. It has a selection of shops including gift shops, galleries and there is also a small supermarket at the top of the hill.


The public (pay and display) car park is at the top of the hill as you enter the village and there is little parking in the village itself. (Cliff Cottage has it's own parking space so no worries there). There are lovely walks all around the village and the Cleveland Way passes right outside Cliff Cottage. There is a small church which houses a craft centre in the hall and has a service one Sunday a month.  

Fishing trips can be arranged with local fishing boats, including all-inclusive beginners lessons with equipment provided.  Advanced booking recommended in summer. For more information on fishing trips with 'All my sons', go to  .

Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Whitby are all within easy reach (less than a half hour drive or a brisk walk along the coast path) Each of these seaside towns has it's own individual character.  Runswick Bay is lovely with it's higgledy piggledy houses and can easily be walked to in about an hour. Surfing lessons can be booked in Sandsend off the lovely sandy beach.

There is an excellent bus service to allow one-way walks either way along the coast.

Whitby has dozens of attractions including the harbour, abbey, shops, fabulous fish and chips, goths, Whitby jet, beach, fishing and don't go home without a Lucky Duck.


Saltburn to the west of Staithes along the coast is a restored Victorian resort with pier, cliff tram-way, excellent coffee shops etc.  There is also an eclectic mix of gift and art shops providing amusement for those who like that sort of thing. For more information, see .


Saltburn also has an extensive sand beach with surfing throughout the year.  Surf hire and lessons can be arranged through

 The North York Moors are on your doorstep and provide stunning views for walkers, motorists, cyclists or try the North York Moors steam railway.

In winter, Staithes is popular with (experienced) surfers, and the famous Cove can be accessed.  There is room to store surfboards in the lockable outhouse at Cliff Cottage.


Crabbing in Staithes,

Whitby, during a winter break


View down Church Street, from the parking area next to Cliff Cottage, during snow

(PS Photo makes it look narrow but is wide enough for the bin-lorry)


Surfing at Sandsend, near Whitby


Fishing trips from Staithes



Sandy beach in Staithes at low tide


Harbour at high tide.



Pier, surfing, resturants and shopping