The village has a traditional harbour, naturally sheltered by the cliffs - although the long tradition of fishing from Staithes has now given way to tourism, and a large stream called Staithes Beck enters the North Sea via the harbour. Staithes is one of the highlights along this part of the North Yorkshire coast.
Because of the cliffs that surround the village, Staithes is very compact. Behind the harbour area there is a warren of picturesque narrow streets to explore - you can't go far wrong! Stroll around the harbour front then follow the High Street, ambling off into side streets as the fancy takes you to enjoy more of the pretty village architecture.
Staithes has a small beach, at low tide only.
Walk up onto the cliffs via the end of Church Street (the other end of the harbour from the High Street) for great views across the sea and Staithes itself, or walk westwards to Boulby (follow Cow Bar bank) for two kilometres along the coast path (the Cleveland Way) to see the highest cliff in England.
Map of Staithes and places to visit
Staithes places to visit
See more places nearby in the North Yorkshire guide