THE phrase ‘hidden gem’ is thrown around all too often, but in the case of Staithes, it’s apt.
Nestled in a steep cove, surrounded by the dramatic coastal cliffs of the North Yorkshire Moors, this beautiful village – once the home of a young Captain James Cook – is steeped in history.
It was once one of the largest fishing ports in the North East, with 80 boats operating from its shores at the turn of the 20th Century.
Now its colourful fishermen’s cottages and winding streets are more likely to be filled with families and tourists.
It was once home to The Staithes Group – around 30 artists who came together in 1984 to depict life in the village.
Nowadays, it plays host to the annual Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage, where dozens of the cosy cottages open their doors to become temporary art galleries for a weekend in September.
You’ll also find fine and contemporary art inspired by the surrounding area at the Staithes Gallery.
Soaring, rugged cliffs make it the perfect base for exploring Yorkshire’s clifftop paths. For fantastic views of the North Sea, try leaving the sheltered harbour and following the Cleveland Way towards Port Mulgrave before returning across fields and through woodland, via the small hamlet of Dalehouse.
Make time to sample some fresh fish, lobster and crab at the Endeavour Kitchen.
The restaurant, situated on the High Street, is also home to a luxury bed and breakfast – the perfect retreat for a long weekend by the sea.
Address: Staithes, North York Moors National Park, Cleveland, TS13 5BQ
Opening times: Restaurant open Friday from 6.30pm, Saturday from noon to 4pm and from 6.30pm, and Sunday from noon to 4pm
Car parking: Pay and display at Bank Top car park, Staithes Lane
Telephone: 01947 841029