Staithes to Port Mulgrave

  • Coastal walking south of Staithes
  • Visit Port Mulgrave, an old fishing centre
  • Enjoy the views of the cliffs and sea

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) but which wouldn’t having been battered by storms and wild weather over the centuries 

It was rain that sent me on my way up to the cliffs above Staithes and along the 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, some of the best along the coast and north to the cliffs at Boulby, the highest in England and a real slog for those on the Cleveland Way.

Recommend: If you cannot face visiting Port Mulgrave do so on an alternative occassion, I certainly did not regret it

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 781185. Parking is on the upper reaches of Staithes, it is not worth driving in to the centre of the village, walk down instead, do not cross the river and join the Cleveland Way.
Height to Climb: 79 ms (259 feet)
Terrain: Borrowby Dale can be rather muddy but the tracks are clear throughout.
Eating & Drinking: The Cod & Lobster has a great attraction for walkers in Staithes but the Royal George and the appropriately named Captain Cook's Inn are both good. The Dale House Pub is also enroute.
Similar Walks Nearby: From Runswick Bay to Whitby
From Saltburn to Skinningrove
Discover the delights of Runswick Bay
Places to Stay:


Pennysteel Cottage, Staithes