North Yorkshire Reports
Review of Staithes by sharon on May 7th, 2009
Staithes is an attractive seaside village nestling at the foot of a raggedy edged cliff, on the eastern side of Yorkshire. It dates far back into history with a strong maritime legacy, the harbour once saw hundreds of fishing boats, and smugglers, although today's visitors are tourists, and artists enjoying the stunning location. There is a hotch potch of red roofed, whitewashed cottages lining the cobbled roads, and an eclectic smattering of shops, art galleries and antique shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants offering a warm welcome. There is also a chance to see the house that was Captain Cook's home when he worked in the village as a grocer's apprentice before joining the Navy. The charming scene of colourful boats moored in Staithes Beck which courses through the village is hard to beat, and has often inspired writers and poets. As are the winding narrow alley ways with attractive houses and cottages radiating from the High Street which runs from the top of the hill to the harbour. Rarely the fresh feel of sea breezes and the sound of many seabirds can be beaten, unless it's a stroll along the pathway at the harbours edge, or the stunning countryside close by.