Between Staithes and Whitby there are two pretty coastal villages, Runswick Bay and Sandsend, which both have wide sandy beaches, cafes and pubs. Just South of Whitby there is the picturesque former fishing village of Robin Hood 's Bay. Inland from Staithes there is the beautiful Esk Valley with many lovely walks and charming villages.
Robin Hood's Bay - is a charming former fishing village with a wide range of interesting shops including several second hand bookshops, an art gallery, and interesting curio shops.
Runswick Bay - is a picturesque coastal village. There is public parking at the bottom of the steep hill that leads to the lower part of the village. Runswick Bay has a large sandy beach, a pub which serves food, a sailing club and an old lifeboat station.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea and in the 18th century the original fishing village was well-known for its smuggling activities. There is the Cliff Railway and Saltburn Pier.
Sandsend - lies at the bottom of a steep hill 7 miles South of Staithes on the road to Whitby . Now it is a picturesque village with an excellent sandy beach which attracts surfers and kite flyers from miles around.
Whitby - The historic charm of
Whitby , with its narrow, cobbled streets and picturesque
pantiled houses is world famous. The ruins of the cliff top
Abbey overlook the town, and the 199 steps leading up to the
church of St Mary's, provide breathtaking views of the River Esk,
harbour and town.
Situated along one of Britain 's finest stretches of coastline,
with cliffs, fine bays and safe, sandy beaches and attractive
villages, Whitby has been a port for more than 1,000 years and
is still a seafarer's town today.
The town is the centre of "Whitby Jet" the black stone being
worked here for over 150 years, and it became popular in
Victorian times when Queen Victoria was in permanent mourning
for Prince Albert.
Besides its fishing heritage, fresh fish available daily, it's
claim to fame is that the town is where Dracula come
ashore in the famous Dracula" book by Bram Stoker.
The other major "son" of the town is Captain Cook. James Cook was an apprentice seaman here and the house is now a museum dedicated to him. There is a bronze statue of him overlooking the harbour.
A great place for...
* Peace, Beauty