Runswick Bay has been inhabited since before Roman times, as burial mounds found on the moors behind the village suggest.
This delightful hideaway, with its steep track down into the sandy bay, once used by fishermen, now enjoyed by tourists, cliffs at each end, combined with the delightful selection of brightly painted cottages, make it a very enjoyable place to take a stroll.
Buildings of interest include the tiny Methodist Chapel, the Institute
(a local meeting place that was opened in 1870) the Loft, Old Lifeboat
House and the former Coastguard house which is said to be the only
thatched roof cottage on this stretch of coast, in fact another one
exists further inland a few miles North of here at Hinderwell. The
lifeboat has an extraordinary history - on one occasion is was manned
entirely by women when their men were caught in a freak squall.
WHAT'S ON 2008
Friday 29 - Sunday 31 August
Staithes & Runswick Bay Lifeboat Weekend