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Staithes Village - Out & About

Staithes, North Yorkshire
 
Staithes is a charming picturesque fishing village, which has remained unspoilt by time. Its cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, pantile roofed houses and fishing cobles moored in the beck, attract vistors from far and wide.
 
A staithe is an old English word meaning 'landing place' and the village of Staithes was so named because it had two of them - one on either side of Roxby Beck, the little stream that brings water down from the moor and into the sea.
 
Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports on the north east coast, as well as an important source of minerals such as jet, iron, alum and potash. Today, the village with its huddle of cottages nestled between towering cliffs is a very attractive holiday destination set on the dramatic Yorkshire Coast within the North York Moors National Park.
 
An important artist's colony, The Staithes Group of Artists, began to form in the village, including the whole Parish of Hinderwell cum Roxby, from the early 1880s, among them Laura and Harold Knight, Fred W Jackson and Arthur Friedenson, who came to live and work here between 1880 and 1914. Many of the artists trained in Paris and Antwerp at the height of the Impressionist movement, bringing to Staithes the use of blunt-ended brushes, plein air painting, an obsession with light and atmosphere and their own interest in social realist subjects. They were at the forefront of British Impressionist painting at the turn of the last century and their work can be seen in major public collections, including a permanent exhibition at The Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
 
Captain Cook, the famous 18th century explorer came to live in Staithes when he was sixteen, as a shop apprentice and it was here, listening to the tales of local fishermen, that his fascination for the sea began. The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre on the high street, contains treasures from his entire life.
 
With such a rich maritime and artistic heritage, it's fitting that the BBC decided to use Staithes as their location for the charming children's series 'Old Jack's Boat'. Now in its second series, Old Jack, played by Bernard Cribbins, tells stories from inside his old fishing boat with his trusty dog companion, Salty. As a testament of the shows success, a trip to Staithes has become a must do for families visiting the region as younger visitors take great delight in finding parts of the village they recognise from the series.
 
The destination of Staithes is also of particular interest to geologists being situated on what is also known as 'The Dinosaur Coast'. From professionals researching the Jurassic strata in the cliffs, to amateurs hunting for fossils and jet at low tide from the wave-cut platform towards Port Mulgrave, there's a treasure chest of activities for all to enjoy!

There is a regular bus service through this village, Arriva bus number 5.

 

 

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