A glorious early morning Sunrise at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast. If I’m stuck for inspiration, it often only needs a visit to the Staithes to clear away the cobwebs and focus the mind. With its spectacular clifftop views, more often than not accompanied by a bracing North Easterly wind this quint little fishing village certainly has enough to offer to kick start those creative juices.
Situated along the Cleveland Way, Staithes is a popular Coastal Spot in the North York Moors, and it’s name derives from the old English meaning ‘Landing Place’. It is a village which simply oozes history and charm with its warren of cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages, many of which these days are converted to holiday rentals. The sheltered harbour is bounded on either side by high cliffs (or Nabs), possibly the highest in England and was once one of the North East’s Largest Fishing Ports (In its pomp Staithes fishing industry employed 300 men and supported 120 boats.) To this day the traditional fishing boat known as the coble can still be seen moored along Staithes Beck, or Roxby Beck as it is properly known, as it flows down to the Harbour and out to sea. A Young James Cook must have his appetite for the ocean well and truly whetted here while he served apprenticeship at a Grocers Shop in 1745.
Nowadays Staithes has a bustling tourist industry and is popular with locals and ex-pats alike. Images of Staithes are amongst Stephen’s most popular when sold at Craft Fairs.
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