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One of our favourite beaches to visit is Runswick Bay. It’s about 2.5 miles away, and one of its pay and display carparks is down by the sea, which means that, unlike in Staithes, you don’t have to climb the steep hill back out on foot if you don’t want to. Watch the whole vista just open up as you drive your car or walk down the hill.
Another lovely beach is at Sandsend, about 8 miles south of Staithes. Sandsend is well served for cafes and in the summer, there are lifeguards on duty.
North of us is a little-known beach at Skinningrove. Park in the car park at the left side of the bay and follow the paved path out to the pier. There’s a gap through which you walk to get to the other side, where the beach continues for a long way. The Cleveland Ironstone Museum is in Skinningrove, and a lovely café, Kaskane.
A little further up the coast is Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a Victorian seaside resort. Famous for its water balanced cliff tramway down to the beach, it also has our nearest railway station. From Saltburn you can get to us via public transport by getting on the X4 heading for Loftus and Whitby.
Whitby, 11 miles to our south, is well worth a visit. A statue of Captain James Cook stands on one side of the River Esk, just by the famous Whalebone arch, whilst on the other side is Whitby Abbey, run by English Heritage. Whitby Museum and Art Gallery are in Pannett Park, right next to a really cool children’s playground, and the Captain Cook Museum is on Grape Lane. There are plenty of lovely independent shops to explore, particularly on the east side of town, and lots of award-winning fish and chip restaurants and takeaways. The twice-yearly Goth Weekends and assorted festivals throughout the year means that Whitby is rarely a dull place to visit.
A little further south is Robin Hood’s Bay. It has an old part to the village down by the sea a lot like Staithes. There is a seal colony at nearby Ravenscar, just a little bit further south.
Inland is the North York Moors National Park. A good place to start is the Parks Visitors Centre at Danby, but there are lots of lovely villages to see and wander through. One of our favourites is Lealholm, with its stepping stones over the river and a really lovely shrub nursery.
Grosmont is home to the North York Moors Steam Railway, and steam and vintage diesel trains and carriages run from here to Pickering and Whitby through some really stunning scenery. Harry Potter fans, pay attention at Goathland Station, also known as Hogsmeade Station! The long running popular series ‘Heartbeat’ was also filmed all over Goathland.
Further afield are Scarborough and York, Castle Howard, Helmsley and Stokesley, and lots of other places. There really is so much to do and see, but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in. Just come back next year!
If you are self-catering, in addition to the Co-op in Staithes, there is an Asda and an Aldi in Skelton (8 miles away), Sainsbury’s in Saltburn (9 miles away) and Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and the Co-op in Whitby (11 miles away.)
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