Staithes Beach

Staithes is one of the most photographed bays in the country, partly due to its stunning beauty and chocolate box style buildings. A typical British fishing village, Staithes is great for those who enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle.


About Staithes

Staithes is one of the oldest fishing ports in Yorkshire and you can still get a feel of the history the village has when you visit.

The walk down to the bay itself is charming, with narrow cobbled streets and uneven buildings that fit well with the coastal area.

Once down at the bay, there’s quaint little houses, shops and holiday cottages lined down by the beck which leads to the sea.

If you cross over the bridge which leads to the other side of the beck, you can get some spectacular photos of the bay.


Staithes is one of the most northerly beaches in Yorkshire and is around 10 miles North of Whitby and just 6 miles from Runswick Bay.

When navigating to Staithes, can use the following address for your sat nav: Staithes, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5DH.

Getting to Staithes Beach

Staithes is located just a few minutes from the A174 which leads between Yorkshire and the North East.

Staithes Beach is just a short walk from the village itself, but be prepared for the walk back up the hill.

On foot

Regardless of which form of transport you take to get to Staithes Beach, you will still need to walk from the village as cars are not allowed to park directly on the beach. The walk is downhill so it’s important to prepare for a walk back uphill. There are some well placed benches en-route for a bit of respite.

By car

You will need to park in the village as there’s no parking close to the beach. There’s one main route in to Staithes, which takes the A174 from either Whitby or Saltburn by the Sea. There’s a few public car parks in the village.

By bus

You can get the bus directly to Staithes on the bus service that travels between Whitby and Middlesborough. Busses run every 30 minutes, but can be every hour on evenings and Sundays.

Facilities at Staithes Beach

Staithes, for a small fishing village has a wide range of facilities so it’s perfect for a full day visit.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are located in the car park just off Whitegate Close (behind the Captain Cook Inn).

Washing facilities: There are no showers (but you can wash off from the beach in the toilets).

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There’s plenty of cafe’s and restaurants to choose from in the village, with the majority located on High Street, close to the bay. The Cod and Lobster is a popular, cosy pub overlooking the harbour.

Shops: There are a few shops in Staithes, mainly gift shops, art galleries and fresh food stores, but there’s places to purchase snacks and refreshments.

Are dogs allowed on Staithes beach?

There are no restrictions at Staithes that prevent dogs on the beach, so you can take your four legged friend for a run around any time of year. Staithes beach is quite small but rarely busy enough to worry about taking the dogs.

What is there to do at Staithes Beach?

One of the most popular activities is crabbing as well as hunting for fossils. There’s no amusements or rides at Staithes Beach, which adds to the authenticity of the village.

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