If you do like to be by the seaside then this quaint and charming coastal village with its higgledy-piggledy cottages that hang daintily on cliff edges might present the perfect getaway opportunity.
Visitors interested in geology, fine art and fishing will be delighted by Staithes in North Yorkshire’s pop up galleries, cliff faces and boating expeditions.
It is a great place for a weekend break with small B&Bs and sailors cottages peppering the village.
Holidaymakers can even stay in a converted 1920s police station known as the Peeler’s rest cottage.
The cliffs of this coastal region present a great chance to sample views of the sea and catch a look at the wild bird colonies that live in the area.
The Cleveland Way is a cliff trail that passes through Staithes and heads towards Skinningrove which has the remnants of the once famous alum mines.
Staithes also has museums and galleries to visit including the Staithes lifeboat house which preserves the village’s incredible fishing heritage and tells the heroic tales of the local lifeboat crews.
The Staithes Gallery acts as continuity of the village’s long history of artistic pedigree which stems back from the 19th century with a small group of twenty to thirty artists known as the “Staithes Group” or the “Northern Impressionists”.
The harbour is home to a small fishing fleet which ventures out to catch cod, crabs and lobsters.
Some of the boats will offer pleasure cruises to tourists offering stunning views of the coast and the village.
The village also has a small beach where people can explore clusters of rock pools and even potentially find fossils which is what gives the shoreline the name the Dinosaur Coast.
September is the month that the village holds it’s art festival where local galleries, cottages and public buildings showcasing their work in pop up galleries.
Staithes has a range of highly rated restaurants, tea rooms and pubs.
Dotty’s Vintage Tearoom comes highly recommended in Tripadvisor and has five star after almost 1000 reviews with one commentator branding their scones “the best I’ve ever had.”
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The Captain Cook Inn serves traditional pub food with remarkably generous portion sizes and is seen by the reviewers of Tripadvisor as very good value for money.
Excelsior Fisheries appears to serve the best fish and chips in the area with a number of rave reviews being dished out on the fish shop’s Tripadvisor page – with one satisfied customer simply remarking: “Now that’s what I call fish and chips.”
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