Staithes is a natural harbour where Roxby Beck meets the sea, surrounded by breathtaking coastal scenery. It's on the Cleveland Way with stunning walks either along the cliffs or inland. There's a sandy beach, a stony shore and piers for fishing.
Visiting Staithes is like stepping back in time. Picturesque, higgledy-piggledy cottages with red pantiled roofs are grouped around tiny yards, up steps, down winding cobbled streets or through a maze of alleyways - and clearly steeped in history. There's not much that hasn't sprung from the sea and fishing - even the houses are named after boats - Blue Jacket House, Star of Hope Cottage, Mizpah Cottage, Confidence Cottage, Unity House and Wavelet.
Visitors to Staithes are well catered for by two pubs within five minutes walk of the cottages which serve food and run quiz nights, including the famous Cod & Lobster which has been washed into the sea three times! There are two cafes, a bistro and a restaurant in the lower part of the village, as well as a great butcher. The upper part of the village features another cafe (try the kippers!), the Captain Cook pub and a large Co-op foodstore which is open 9am-10pm.
Whitby (10m), Scarborough (30m), York (48m) and the beautiful North Yorks Moors National Park which boasts its own working steam railway are all within striking distance.
Several TV dramas,, films and documentaries have used Staithes and nearby towns and villages as their setting - Channel 4's Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, the BBC's Old Jack's Boat, Body Farm, Coast and Holiday Programmes, TV chef Rick Stein's fish series, TV detective Hetty Wainthrop, ITV's Heartbeat and - up on the moors - parts of the Harry Potter movies.
The old traditions persist - and visitors to our cottages still have the pleasure of sitting out front and watching working artists painting the view and listening to the chug chug of fishing boats in the beck.