The village of Staithes is situated within the North York Moors National Park and nestles in to the cliffs either side of Roxby Beck and is protected from the North Sea by the cliffs of Cowbar Nab. The heart of Staithes is the tiny harbour with the traditional coble fishing boats and the RNLI Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat station. Historically Staithes (pronounced “Steers” by the locals) was an important fishing and smuggling community. In its heyday it was the largest fishing village on the north east coast and the home of Captain James Cook during his apprenticeship before he joined the Navy.
Staithes has always been a magnet for painters and was the base for the Staithes Group of Artists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Artists continue to live and work in the village and Rob Shaw, whose painting "Staithes Dreaming" is displayed on the Stay in Staithes website, was featured on BBC’s The One Show during 2008 and BBC’s Countryfile in 2013. The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage was launched in September 2012 and has now become an annual event.
Staithes is set right on the Cleveland Way and there are fantastic walks for people of all ages/abilities towards Boulby cliffs and Saltburn in the north and Port Mulgrave, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Whitby in the south.
For eating and drinking in the village there are three dog friendly pubs plus two small restaurants, numerous cafes and a fish and chip shop. All do have limited covers so it is always a good idea to pop in during your stay to check opening hours and book a table if necessary. Trip Advisor is a good reference if you are looking further afield for places to eat and drink.
The easiest way to travel to Staithes is by car and you can approach from the north via Teesside on the A1/A19 and A174 or from the south on the A64/A169 via Whitby and then along the coast on the A174. Travel via train is also possible and there are mainline stations at Whitby and Saltburn and a good Arriva bus service between Middlesbrough and Whitby.