Staithes Beach

Staithes beach is 11 miles from Whitby so it will take about 45-50 mins to get to by car from Scarborough. There is a lovely walk down to Staithes beach from the car park through the small winding village streets. Staithes beach is the last beach on our Scarborough beaches guide list, if you head any further north you enter Cleveland.

Staithes beach is small compared to the rest of the beaches in our guide, but is well worth a visit. Past the harbour walls Staithes beach becomes rocky and is great for exploring along.

If you are going to Runswick Bay or Sandsend for the day then Staithes beach is well worth a stop off. The Scarborough council car park is only a short walk away from Staithes beach and is reasonably priced.

Our snaps of Staithes Beach

Distance to Staithes beach from Whitby

We took this photo on our way down to Staithes beach after a day at Sandsend. We went to Staithes beach to finish off the day with a walk and to let the kids play in the park that is next to the car park.

Staithes beach is only a short drive away from Sandsend so it’s well worth a visit if you are close by.

Staithes welcome sign

The photo above shows the sign that greets you as you drive down to the car park for Staithes beach. As you can see Staithes was Captain Cook’s village in 1745.

When you see this sign as you drive into Staithes from Whitby you need to turn right and follow the road straight down to the Scarborough council car park. It is only a short walk to Staithes beach from the car park.

Staithes village view from cliff top

The Scarborough council car park that is close to Staithes beach is a pay and display car park, it costs £5 to park for 24 hours.

The photo above shows the view you get as you walk down to Staithes beach from the car park. This photo was taken at the top of the steep hill that leads down to Staithes beach.

Steep hill down to Staithes beach

Although the walk down to Staithes beach only takes 5 minutes the hill down is very steep. I have included this photo to show you how steep the hill is down to Staithes beach.

Cars can go down to drop people off but it gets very narrow at the bottom. The views are amazing as you walk down to Staithes beach as you look out across Roxby Beck.

Staithes coutryside shot

This shot shows the view south back towards Whitby as you walk further down the hill to Staithes beach. After the steep walk down to Staithes beach you may need a rest, there is a pub and a cafe at the bottom.

Staithes beach

This is my favourite view of the walk down to Staithes beach, a view of the houses of Staithes village either side of the beck.

Street that leads down to Staithes beach

This is the final part of the walk down to Staithes beach, as you can see there are some free parking spaces on the left. This is a good drop off point if you have people with you that will struggle with the walk down from the car park to Staithes beach.

If you are visiting Staithes beach you should check out the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre that is on the High Street. Why not finish off your day at Staithes beach with a look at some memorabilia and antiques related to Captain Cook.

If you are on holiday in Scarborough then you should definitely visit Staithes beach along with Runswick Bay and Sandsend. Staithes beach is well worth a visit for it’s big history and great rock pools for exploring with the kids.

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