The seaside village of Staithes is known for its grand harbour nestled between steep cliffs and breakwaters. Most of the locals are involved in the fishing and boating industry, and it’s still possible to see glimpses of traditional village life – the Staithes Fishermen’s Choir is still going strong and many of the local women still buy traditional Staithes bonnets from the village’s sole remaining bonnet maker.
Staithes’ most famous resident was Captain James Cook. He worked as a grocer’s apprentice in the village it was there that he gained his passion for the sea. While the shop where Cook once worked has since been lost to coastal erosion, parts were recovered and incorporated in “Captain Cook’s Cottage”, home to many generations of one lucky local family.