Although we have made frequent visits to Saltburn and Whitby somehow we have never stopped off at Staithes which lies on the coast between the two. Obviously this situation needed rectifying, so when we recently had some family visiting we decided to check it out.
Staithes lies on the Cleveland Way, in fact being the stopping point between the aforementioned Saltburn and Whitby on the coastal stretch of this linear long distance path (LDP). Through various other walks we have already done a number of stretches along the Cleveland Way - along the moor tops at Sutton Bank, a significant stretch from Osmotherley whilst doing the Lyke Wake Walk, and bits and pieces around Roseberry Topping. However, this looks like a great LDP worth doing one day.
The approach to Staithes offers nothing to indicate what lies down below, as the top end of the village is high up above sea level. Even when you have parked up there is a significant descent to make and it is not until you reach the centre of the village that the real atmosphere and beauty of the place becomes apparent. It is a real pleasure to walk around the tiny and mostly pedestrian streets of the little harbour village until you reach the port and its impressive cliffs.
There are signposts that tell you that the Cleveland Way carries on past the village and along the sea front and it is very tempting to just keep on walking.
We had a look around the harbour and the coastline beyond as well as a look about the village and Staithes comes highly recommended to North York Moors visitors. We will be back.