Some of the most entertaining coastal walking lies between Staithes and Port Mulgrave. From Port Mulgrave head inland and enjoy a contrast of woodland and stream in Borrowby Dale.
Home to Captain Cook before he set off for deeds of heroism and immortality, Staithes still retains its character and charm. Some of the buildings though are showing a little fatigue (including the Cod and Lobster). However this is surely inevitable having been battered by storms and wild weather over the centuries. Like many of the North Yorkshire coastal villages the houses are tightly packed together on the cliff sides. In Staithes this is exaggerated by the closeness of the two cliffs which enclose the village. In the past this provided ideal shelter for the port. However in modern days there is very little fishing from the village taking place.
It was rain that sent me on my way up to the cliffs above Staithes and towards the now dilapidated, but still interesting fishing port at Port Mulgrave. If you can face the climb down to the port it is worth exploring, a quick detour before heading inland through to Hinderwell and in to Borrowby Dale. It is worth though lingering at Port Mulgrave for the views south. The views are some of the best on the Yorkshire Coast particularly north to the cliffs at Boulby, the highest in England and a real slog for those on the Cleveland Way.
At present (2021) the route down to the harbour at Port Mulgrave is dangerous due to a recent landslip and not recommended.
When you drop in to the woods from Hinterwell cross the footbridge and walk along the west bank. After less than half a mile turn left and soon meet a second path. This heads directly through Borrowby Dale.
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