You can probably guess how this post is going to go, from my opening shot. This month Jude is featuring benches ‘by the beach’ in her Bench challenge. It just so happens that on a windy, partially sunny day this week I had the good fortune to be in Staithes. It’s one of North Yorkshire’s more characterful seaside villages, with houses tumbling pell-mell down the cliffs. And, importantly, it has a good collection of benches.
Shall I share them now, then we can go walking?
Click on any image to see the galleries in detail
Now that we’ve established where you can eat, or just sit and enjoy the view, let’s go back up to the clifftop where my walk starts. There’s a car park up there and a nice little TI- not always open because it’s staffed by volunteers. (another job I’d like!)
As Jude will know, we are in James Cook territory. Cook had his first employment in Staithes, for a local merchant named William Sanderson, whose quayside shop was destroyed by a violent storm in the early 19th century. Materials from this shop may have been used in the construction of the new premises in Church St., now known as Cook’s Cottage. A footpath leads off to your right from the top of the village and descends gently between a hodge podge of houses. Beyond the rooftops the cliffs stand guard, keeping a watchful eye on the sea.
In the harbour there’s a sense of drama. These cliffs can both shelter and entrap. Today not even the chimes of the icecream van disturb the peace, but a wind whips the sand in little flurries. I try to capture the movement with my camera but it craftily eludes me.
Time to climb back up to the cliff top. Dawdle up Church St. and, if you like, pop into the Arts and Crafts Centre. It has a lovely little garden at the rear.
On the cliff top you can join the Cleveland Way– 110 miles of walking, much of it beside the sea. I don’t suggest that you do all of it right now, but I can give you a glimpse of what you might find up there. It stretches from the hub of Helmsley- a totally different kind of village- inland and down the coast to Filey. I spent most of my childhood holidays on this coast and I love to return.
It was blustery on the cliff tops so I didn’t stay long. A path off to your left will bring you round behind the village and back to the car park, or you can simply retrace your steps. Another Monday, another walk! I hope you’ve enjoyed this one, and please don’t forget to seek out those benches for Jude.
Again I have some wonderful shares for you so thank you very much to all who support me and contribute. You are my happy band of walkers. Details of how you can join in Jo’s Monday walks are on the logo above. Time to rest those weary legs and put the kettle on for a good read.
I can always make time for a day trip. How about you? The company’s good!
It’s many years since I was in beautiful Salzburg. Debbie had much better weather :
Sunny Stroll along the Salzach
Blossom to die for! (or is that a tad melodramatic?) Gorgeous, anyway! Thanks, Violet :
Speaking of sunshine, anyone been to Scotland lately? Cheers, Anabel!
I know that Jude loves the Cornish beaches and sunshine, but the gardens? Just fabulous!
And while we’re looking at Spring sunshine, let’s visit Meg in Warsaw and those cute ladybugs of hers!
Praga is a little known area in Warsaw. This guided tour is fascinating.
More conjectures and Thames footpath with Geoff :
The Thames Path- Bablock Hythe to Oxford
And Amy, enjoying nature and sharing so beautifully :
Prepare yourselves! It’s tumbling time! You’ll enjoy this terrific post from Yvette (did you catch the icecream man, hon?)
A little more sedately, Jaspa tackles some history, ‘down Panama way’ :
A stroll through Old Panama City, Part 1- Panama Viejo
Down in the southern hemisphere, thoughts are turning to Autumn :
Day 3 of the road trip and we revisit Eastwoodhill
Brilliant, aren’t they? I hope you have a happy week. It’s a Bank Holiday in the UK next weekend but I’ll still be here. Hope that you will be too.
Your lovely photo essay sent me to Wikipedia to see where this lovely place is.
Thanks for sharing!
It’s about an hour down the coast from my home town and a lovely little spot. I’m glad you like it 🙂
Jo, with those dramatic cliffs, cute ponies, and charming courtyards, Staithes looks like an inviting spot – especially with blue skies overhead. 🙂
It’s a pretty little harbour, Tricia, as long as you don’t mind a climb up and down the cliff 🙂 (and I know you don’t 🙂 )
Jo, as a reward for the ascent, I’m sure there are some lovely pastry shops nearby. 🙂
I expect I could find you one, if you twisted my arm 🙂
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Love the fuzzy little ponies! – Suzan –
I should have known they’d catch your eye 🙂 🙂
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