Staithes, North Yorkshire


From Wikipedia: “Staithes is a seaside village in North Yorkshire, England. Roxby Beck, a stream running through Staithes, is the border between the Borough of Scarborough and Redcar and Cleveland. Formerly one of the largest and most productive fishing centres in England, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination.”

The weather brightened considerably by mid morning today in Filey so we thought a drive was again in order. Initially, we thought about going to Robin Hood’s Bay but we opted for Staithes instead. The seaside village of Staithes is located north of Whitby about 8 miles south of Saltburn-By-The-Sea. Actually, Staithes is very similar to Robin Hood’s Bay. Both lie on the coast at the bottom of a very steep hill but we think Robin Hood’s Bay has developed more as a tourist destination. Lots more shops, restaurants, B&Bs, etc in Robin Hood’s Bay.

We parked the car up top and the three of us walked down the steep hill to the harbour at the bottom. There is a large sea wall protecting the village harbour. We saw a corner store and butcher shop on the way down. My mother hung on to Chris’s arm the whole way down while I photographed the scenery. The Cod & Lobster Pub sits at the edge of the harbour and seems to be a poplar watering hole for local villagers and hikers following the Cleveland Way. We popped in for a bit of lunch and then Chris & I set out to explore the sea wall while my mother relaxed on a park bench looking out over the water. Lots of great photographic opportunities as we looked back on the village across the harbour from the sea wall.

I was all set to leave the girls down below while I retrieved the car from up top, but my mother felt up to walking back up the hill so off we all went. Slow and steady using the sidewalk and/or handrail on the way up. She did a marvelous job for being almost 83 years old and before long we were all back in the car.

After leaving Staithes, we took a run up to Saltburn and enjoyed an ice cream while looking out over the funicular we discovered a week or more ago with Jim & Jane. From there we struck out across the Yorkshire Moors via Rosedale, Hutton-Le-Hole to Pickering and eventually back to Filey. I grabbed the above shot of Chris looking out from Chimney Bank on the valley below. The old ironworks at the top of the hill looked great today with the sheep grazing in the foreground.