This picture from the Yorkshire Coast really sums the village of Staithes up. Taken from Cowbar Nab on the other side of Roxby Beck it captures all the things you come to associate with Staithes; from the fishing fleet to the seagulls and the unique houses buried away in the hillside. In more recent times it is becoming increasingly popular as back drop for TV shows from dramas like The Body Farm to children’s shows like Old Jacks Boat. Staithes is just north of Whitby and bears resemblance to Runswick Bay and Robin Hoods Bay; with the Romantic stone cottages clustered together on the hill side. Staithes’s history goes back to Viking times; the Danes came ashore here calling it “The Landing Place”; but the most famous resident has to be Captain James Cook. Staithes is an artists paradise and the village has its own “staithes group” who have had some famous members over the years notably Dame Laura Knight. Every year now; art in the village is celebrated with the Festival of Arts and Heritage.