The village of Staithes lies on a rugged stretch of the North Yorkshire coast, with towering cliffs and spectacular beaches on its doorstep. A former centre for fishing in the Scarborough district, it lies within North York Moors National Park, close to high, barren moors, wooded river valleys and ancient ruins. Holiday cottages in Staithes have become popular among visitors, thanks to the village’s sea views, winding cobbled lanes, and 18th-century homes. Staithes has a pretty harbour, framed by a pair of headlands, and there is a small sandy beach with rock pools at low tide. Staithes Beck meanders through the village, meeting the sea at the harbour.

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Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Staithes, the Cod and Lobster is an excellent seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour. The high street runs along the banks of the beck and has a variety of independent businesses, including several art galleries. Dotty’s is a popular tea room serving delicious homemade cake, and the Royal George is a welcoming pub, just behind the harbour. On the steep hill that descends to the sea, the Fox and Hounds is a secluded pub serving Yorkshire ales and excellent food. You will discover many beautiful walks on the doorstep of holiday cottage in Staithes. Follow one of the clifftop trails for breathtaking views across the North Sea, or explore the Cleveland Way, where you will discover the remains of the alum mines which the village was once known for

 A short distance east along the coast, the seaside town of Whitby is famous for its associations with Dracula and Captain Cook. Visit the ruined abbey before strolling along the banks of the River Esk, to the harbour and beach. Nearby, Robin’s Hood Bay is a picturesque fishing village overlooking a vast rocky shore.