North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Staithes sits in the east of the Park and while this national area of beauty is 1,436 sqKm, you can get around it easily enough by car and thereby visit some iconic places including Castle Howard (Brideshead Revisited), take a ride on the steam railway from Goathland (Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade railway station) to Grosmont, also a lovely 3.5 mile walk, take in one of the… Read more »

Other seaside towns

Robin Hood’s Bay – one to visit, certainly for an afternoon, experience it by parking at the top (you are used to that by now) and walking the very cute chocolate box streets, stock up in seaside rock and see how folk from all over the world like to visit quaint old seasides in Yorkshire… …and to infinity and other Yorkshire extremities…Scarborough and Filey,… Read more »


Is almost rowdy by comparison but the local ‘big’ town is a seaside destination with its full harbour, a cliff top walk and abbey, quaint side streets, donkeys and a fun fair by the beach and all with a touch of Dracula, only 13 miles away from Staithes.  If you fancy a bite then the Whitby Goth Festival is a… Read more »


En-route to Whitby but a destination in itself with a very large beach, little beach huts for essential ice cream, crab sandwiches and buckets and spades, and chance to relax perhaps quietly with the family.  There is Whitby Golf Club and its links course at the southern end of the beach.

Runswick Bay

Picture perfect, a no-car village nestled into the cliff with a long and wonderful beach.  Part of Cleveland Way and a nice cliff top walk from Staithes.


If you have never been don’t put it off, this is a hidden Victorian gem with a great beach with surf and the oldest working cliff railway in Britain and only 15 minutes away.