• Staithes to Robin Hood's Bay

    Staithes to Robin Hood's Bay (18 miles)

    Leaving Staithes by way of the steep hill rising behind The Cod and Lobster and Captain Cook’s Cottage the Way once more reaches the cliff edge. A final look back over the shoulder at the red- pantiled roofs of the cottages below whose style is echoed in many small fishing villages along this coastline, before the legs are engaged and the route south is followed.

    Port Mulgrave is soon reached – a strange misnomer when the village sits atop the cliff and the way to the ‘port’ below is by a path to an ill-fitting harbour. The history of this place reveals much, for as with Skinningrove to the north, the quay was destroyed in World War Two for fear of use in invasion and a tunnel was used to access the sea from the village above.

    On this most glorious of early Autumnal mornings deep, rich, claret-red hawthorn berries swell against darkening leaves, fading into russets and golds while vertiginous cliffs fall into the sea in hues of greens and blues…yes, all feels well in the world.

    Read more on The Cleveland Way in the Long Distance Walks section.

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