Situated along the Yorkshire coast is the small and sandy beach of Staithes, which is widely believed to be one of the loveliest seaside villages on the East coast.
Nestled alongside a charming fishing village, Staithes Beach is rather secluded and quiet, making it a wonderful spot to get away from it all. From the golden sand of the beach, you can take in sweeping views across the rugged cliffs and sea.
Often referred to as the ‘Dinosaur Coast’, Staithes Beach is a magnet for fossil hunters. There are many fossils hiding along the shoreline that are just waiting to be found, so roll up your sleeves and get to work! However, take care near the cliff face as falling rocks are a real danger.
Despite the quaintness of the cobbled streets and sandy shore, the water quality is notoriously bad due to years of pollution. We recommend no more than a paddle in these waters. However, there is still much for you to explore at this coastal gem, from stunning cliff top walks and rock pooling to cosy cafés and pleasant pubs.
If you wish to go for a proper paddle, we recommend your head to the neighbouring sandy beach of Runswick Bay, where it is safe for a splash. To get there, you simply follow the famous Cleveland Way, along a stunningly beautiful stretch of the Yorkshire Coast. Along this route you can enjoy breath-taking coastal views and see remnants of the area’s industrial past, such as Port Mulgrave, a derelict ironstone port.