Staithes is ideally located for exploring the North Yorkshire moors and coast.
Rich in fossils, it is known as the Jurassic Coast, Heritage Coast and Dinosaur Coast: Already famous for its dinosaur footprints, the coast recently shot to scientific attention with the discovery of a plesiosaur, or sea dragon, thought to be 132 million years old. Foraging for fossils on the beaches at Port Mulgrave, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay is great fun, and usually turns up ammonites at least.
Staithes sits on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, a gloriously wild place which hosts England’s largest expanse of heather moorland. Judy has written a book on the moors - Freedom to Roam: North York Moors. You’ll find a copy at Dunsley.
Whitby, recently voted one of Britain’s favourite holiday resorts, is a short drive or bus ride away. A happy blend of modern and traditional, Whitby is a great choice for a day out, with St Hilda’s Abbey, the Dracula connection, trips on the old RNLI lifeboat or Endeavour replica, and quirky shops.
Right, from top: Sandsend beach; Fossicking for fossils at Port Mulgrave; Success!
Below: Whitby abbey; marina and St Hilda’s Abbey; Whitby’s whalebones frame the town; 12th century St Mary’s Church, on the cliff top.