Picture-perfect Staithes


Staithes is unique. Tucked into a deep cleft of North Yorkshire’s Jurassic Coast, it provides a snapshot of a life unchanged for centuries. Cars stay on the cliff tops, while you wander the narrow cobbled streets and footpaths, on your way to the harbour and sandy beach.

Sunlight bounces off pastel-painted houses in summer, and in winter the sea mist creates a gloriously Dickensian atmosphere. While the village changes mood with the seasons, it retains a generous Yorkshire welcome, all year round.



In the 19th century Staithes was one of the most important fishing ports in England. The traditional boats, known as cobles, brought in herring and mackerel. The women prepared the catch, sometimes salting, sometimes smoking, before it was hauled up the cliffs and transported across the wild moors for sale.

Britain’s most famous sea-farer, Captain James Cook, also lived and worked in Staithes. You can easily follow his Heritage Trail by car or foot, which wanders down the coast and across the moors, offering an insight into the life of this extraordinary man.



Staithes has a rich history, but it also has a healthy attitude toward contemporary life. Our little village has everything you’ll need for a comfortable, happy holiday: two pubs, a butcher, general store, art gallery, and tea shops.

While Dunsley provides the perfect place to relax and recharge, there’s plenty of scope for action. Favourite activities include walking, bird watching, fishing, kayaking. For the less active, Staithes offers gentle past-times like art courses, or even just lounging on the beach, soaking up the Yorkshire sunshine.


For more information on the village please click on www.staithes-town.info (please note: this is an external site and takes you away from www.dunsleyinstaithes.co.uk)

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