Staithes circular walk, via Roxby, North Yorkshire Walks

A circular walk starting and finishing on the Cleveland Way in Staithes, a quaint old fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast

Staithes circular walk on the Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire coast walks, best view
This pic of Staithes is one of my best views in Northern England. Staithes itself is a unique old fishing village on the North-Yorkshire coast which retains a lot of it's character from bygone years and is one of my favourite coastal locations. It's worth a visit in itself - but on this occasion it was the starting and finishing point for a circular walk of about 6.5 miles, taking in the coast and inland woodland.


Staithes Circular Walk

Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Walk Map

Staithes Cleveland Way circular walk, map, route, North-Yorkshire
This walk starts and finishes in Staithes, from the Car Park just before you head down the steep road into Staithes (where the green flag is). Parking is £4 for all day. From the Car Park the route takes you down into Staithes - over the bridge over the beck and up to Cowbar, then towards the Boulby potash Mine, through woodland to Roxby and back to Staithes via Borrowby Dale. 

As you can see there is some gentle climbing giving fine views of the area.

Photos of my Staithes Walk:


The start (and end) of the walk covers a section of the Cleveland Way route along the coast towards the cliffs of Bias Scar.


Looking towards Bias Scar from Cowbar.

As we walked along the cliff edge on the Cleveland Way we head towards Boulby Potash Mine and follow this back lane to the main A174 road. It's then a case of heading left along the A174 for 20m or so - then crossing the road to head towards Roxby woods.


The start of Roxby woods - the ford looks  a little deep so it's over the bridge then right.

Heading through Roxby woods. There was infact a sign at the start of the path into Roxby woods informing us of storm damage in the woods and especially to the foot bridge - and advising of a different route. We decided to crack on and figure out how to cross the beck when we got to the damaged bridge.

Although it's winter and there are not leaves on the trees - the woods are still a nice place to walk through away from all the hustle and bustle.

As the path leads us to the damaged bridge - we see it is quite damaged - in that there is no bridge! We were warned though - we like a challege though so we take a look around the river for a place to cross.

Just left of the bridge crossing we see some rocks in the beck - so found sticks in hand - we scramble across and its not to hard to cross really - waterproof boots are handy on these occasions though.

After crossing the beck it's up and out of the woods and towards Roxby church in the distance.

It doesn't take that long to get to Roxby church.

Fro Roxby the path takes us over some Borrowby Grange farm fields where we get a good view down to Staithes and the full walking route.

It seems in some sections of woodland we have walked through hunting is allowed - but not here in Borowby Dale woods.

A gentle stroll through Borrowby Dale - the gong here is easy - but in some parts it was quite boggy.

Here we are back on the Cleveland Way heading towards Staithes to the North. 

The narrow streets and quirky individual houses give Staithes a lot of charm.


Looking towards Staithes from the pier - it was pretty chilly out here though with the crisp winter wind so a good time to head to the pub.

We decide to head for the Cod & Lobster for a drink & some well-earned food as it's the first pub we see and is in a great little spot.

I don't normally post a picture of food - but the fish & chips from the Cod & Lobster was superb - as good as it gets - so I highly recommend this pub for food if you are down this way!



All in all the walk was around 6.5miles and can be done in a couple of hours with time for a few stops. I can imagine the woodland section being even better in spring/summer/autumn - so will no doubt head back at some point - good excuse to go back to the Cod & Lobster too :-)

Hope you've found that write up useful and makes you want to check it out, Stuart.