Saturday, 9 April 2011

The sea! The sea!

I love the sea.

I was born within sight of the sea and it has always held a fascination for me. I feel like I belong near the sea. Sadly, I now live some way from the coast so visits to the sea are a real treat. Yesterday the sun was blazing, hardly any wind and really warm so we packed lunch and headed over to Staithes, a small fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast.

We planned to do a circular walk of about four miles that took in a stunning cliff top walk and then inland through a little wood and some other villages before returning to Staithes.

Staithes is a beautiful, higgeldy-piggedly little place, packed with fisherman's cottages that are squeezed into a tiny space like sardines. It was also the home of Captain Cook, who was famous for his sea voyages in the 18th century.

There is a very steep walk down into the village....

This is the Captain Cook museum.....

Down to the main street...

And then a steep climb up to the cliffs to begin our walk.

 Into the woods...

And back to the cliff tops overlooking Staithes harbour...

 You can see from this height how full of cottages this little place is...

Back down the hill (check out that fab turquoise house!)....

Being a Friday, there were hardly any other people on the walk and we felt like we had the cliff tops to ourselves. Things were buzzing and fluttering and bleating and it was just fabulous. I love the sea.

A big thank you to all of you who visited and left such lovely comments and welcome to new followers (I have 100 now...yay!!!!).

Enjoy your weekend! xxx


  1. Oh that sounds like such a lovely day. And the village is so pretty. Love the turquoise house. Doesn't it make you want tot knock on their door and ask to be invited in for tea... C.x

  2. Oh my.....gorgeous photos.....just breath-taking! Would SO love to come for a visit!!

  3. Beautiful photos, hope ur weekend is lovely

  4. Again, your country is beautiful! Have a great weekend.

  5. Near to some of my ancestral heartlands - gorgeous shots Andrea. I love the sea too. Hope the rest of your weekend goes as well.

    XX Sue

  6. Andrea, I love Staithes but we have never done this walk, what great views you got!

  7. gorgeous! the UK is so different from NZ, I love seeing all the little houses in a row! And yes, that turquoise house is fab!

  8. I felt like I was there! So beautiful. I really need to get to the ocean.I am only about 40 mins. away.

  9. Andrea,
    What a perfect day for your hike. The pictures of the village are so fun to view. I too love going to the Ocean and walking along, taking it all in.
    Congrats on your 100 follower milestone. Your 'Love It' series has some great ideas.

  10. I'm adding Staithes to my list of places I'd like to visit in the UK. It looks very pretty indeed. I love your photos of the town streets and the views from above. Not sure about the turquoise house myself though!

  11. You picked the perfect day for your walk, hasn't the weather been wonderful? I've never been to Staithes, I feel I should really make the effort after your post, it looks lovely.

  12. Lovely lovely, cliffs and sea and a pretty village just perfect for a sunny day.

  13. Looks like you had a lovely walk. Staithes looks so pretty, as did the woodland walks, and the cliff top views fantastic.
    Its great to be by the sea!
    Hope you had a good weekend
    Gill x

  14. What a wonderful day - I was born in a land locked country but am still drawn to the sea - it must be a primitive thing! Envy envy envy! Don't find there is a special clear light that only seems to be at the coast - lovely pictures.

  15. Oh the sea, the sea! I love it too. Your photos are beautiful - thank you for sharing them. I can almost smell the sea! :)

  16. what a lovely place that is !! the cliffs on the coast is stunning ! we only have mountains : )) beautiful photos !

    have a nice day..

    best regards from Berit in Tromsø : )

  17. Thank you for the lovely tour, beautiful looking place!
    Isabelle x

  18. And there goes little man with his backpack :)
    Nice pics Andrea, thanks for sharing !
    Lucky for all, that the weather was nice that day !

    Have a nice week, hugs !

  19. Hi Andrea, not sure by which route I found your blog but I'm really glad I did. I went on a school holiday to Staithes when I was 12 and fell in love with the place. Not sure what it was about Staithes but it certainly got in to my heart and has been there since. Unfortunately I haven't been back. We stayed in a hostel on top of the cliff, overlooking the village. The ladies of Staithes used to make and probably wore a particular type of bonnet. I remember wanting to buy one but not having quite enough money. Anyway, we had a lovely time.

    Thank you so much for sharing your photos and bringing back some wonderful memories.

    Have a lovely day.


  20. Oh I love the beach too! That looks like a wonderful day, wish I'd been there with you. Thank you for the very flattering compliment on my potholders and for worrying that I'd fallen off. Haha! Also congrats on reaching 100+ followers!

  21. gorgeous photos, we go to Staithes every year and I love it, can't wait to go again, and do that walk, we usually do along the beach at low tide to Port Mulgrave, up the cliffs and then back along the clifftops, but your wooded walk sounds lovely

  22. thanks so much for the lovely comment are so right,i guess i thought i have been preparing for the big separations but it can still hit hard. need to pull myself together ha ha !!

  23. I have just discovered your blog! The photos are lovely. There is nothing quite likle being beside the sea. There's something very liberating about it.

  24. Hi Andrea!
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my last few posts!
    Yes, large gardens are a mixed blessing I think - ours here is only small, but bigger than our last one and just about big enough to contain a greenhouse (never had one before and was dying for one!)a veg patch, compost area, bonfire area, various sheds, a terrace, fishpond and lawn. I am really hoping to squeeze in chickens but not sure theres room!
    But as its small its all manageable.
    Would have loved a larger garden but as you say you then start to get mainentance problems and you can spend all your time battling with boring perennial weeds etc rather than the more enjoyable aspects.
    We have a holiday home with a large garden and all we ever do is cut the grass which takes forever, then cut back shrubs and brambles and its enough to make you HATE gardening as its all hard work and chores!We never have the time for the nice stuff there.
    So I do sympathise, and I hope you can get beyond the weeds maintanace and enjoy your garden again.
    Gill x

  25. Staithes seems like a darling little village. Love the sea too...thanks for bringing us there. xJosie

  26. Gosh you and I must be long lost twins!!! We tread on a lot of the same turf it seems, how I adore Staithes, been almost a yr since we were there. janets Foss too, gosh what happy meomories, we used to camp in a small two man tent (pre kids) at that quirky campsite nr to Gordale Scar, it's just up from J's foss.
    Lovely visiting with you Andrea, you have a scrummy blog!


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