Staithes means a landing place and the small harbour here is one of the few safe havens along the Heritage Coast. The tumble of crowded cottages sheltered from the sea by Cowbar Nab give Staithes its unique charm and as you explore you will be walking in the footsteps of fishermen, smugglers and mariners of a byegone age. Staithes has changed little over the last hundred years.
The dramatic contrasts in weather and light, from shadowy, crowded alleyways and howling storms to sparkling sea and blue skies attracted artists such as Dame Laura Knight here at the turn of the century. Today fishing still plays a small part in the life of the village, with cobles anchored in the beck and lobster pots piled up in the alleyways. Artists too, still come to Staithes as it has managed to retain its local identity.