Staithes is tucked into the cliffs which form a natural harbour in this rugged coastline north of Whitby. A fascinating village with white-washed cottages and random pantile roofs haphazardly built in to the cliff, there is no apparent order to the houses which were literally built where it took their owner's fancy. Vehicle access is very limited with tourist parking at the top and a steep walk through the stepped streets down to the sea front.
This tiny community has been famous through the centuries for its maritime heritage and was once one of the country's six biggest fishing ports as well as a renowned boat building centre and once home to Captain Cook.
Many poets, writers and painters have been attracted to Staithes over the centuries and the so-called Staithes Group of around 30 artists were based here around the late 1800s, typifying the best in British Impressionist painting.
As with Runswick Bay and Whitby, there are many stories about the smuggling activites rife along this stretch of coast line.
WHAT'S ON 2008
Friday 29 - Sunday 31 August
Staithes & Runswick Bay Lifeboat Weekend