A dramatic mix of towering cliffs and sheltered bays, this protected coastline marks the boundary of the North York Moors National Park and the North Sea. The highest cliffs in England are at Boulby, just to the north of Staithes. Though now peaceful and unspoiled, many hundreds of thousands of tons of material were excavated from these cliffs over several centuries, first to extract alum shale and later ironstone.
Staithes lies 15 miles north of Whitby and is the last of the traditional Yorkshire fishing villages.
Runswick Bay a couple of miles further South, is an idyllic little landing place in a sheltered bay between the cliffs.
Port Mulgrave closer still to Whitby, is a collection of terraced former miners’ cottages, high above a steep path down to a rocky shore.
Sandsend at the end of the beach which leads from Whitby, is a very popular place for children to play on the beach.
Robin Hood’s Bay six miles south of Whitby, is renowned for its steeply-stepped rows of fishermens’ cottages leading down to a slipway onto the rocky foreshore.
Ravenscar was the site of a Roman signal station and lies on the towering headland marking the end of Robin Hood’s Bay.