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.
has two pubs (the Royal George and Cod and Lobster (http://www.codandlobster.co.uk/ )
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.
(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 http://sea-angling-staithes.co.uk/ .
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.
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
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 http://www.saltburnbysea.com/ .
has an extensive sand beach with surfing throughout the year. Surf hire
and lessons can be arranged through www.saltburnsurf.co.uk
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.
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
Pier, surfing, resturants and shopping