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Captain Cook Country

Follow in the footsteps of one of England's greatest explorers

Follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook. As an 18th century explorer and navigator, his achievements in mapping the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia radically changed western perceptions of world geography.

He was also one of the very few men in the 18th century navy to rise through the ranks, Cook was particularly sympathetic to the needs of ordinary sailors.

Our Captain Cook Country Tour will take you on a journey of discovery as it follows the life of Britain's most famous seaman and explorer.

It will take you through a rich variety of landscape: from industrial activity, through wild moorland and along rocky coastline from which James Cook took inspiration.

Here you can share the same views with Cook as he too explored the countryside around his childhood home. You'll find his schoolroom and trace the tracks he followed on his way to his first job in Staithes and from here to Whitby where he lived and learned the seafarer's trade.

The tour is a circular route of around 70 miles (113km) from his birthplace in Marton, in Middlesbrough through Great Ayton and the coast at Saltburn with its smuggling history; then on to Staithes, where he first witnessed the seafaring which influenced the rest of his life.

We’ll also visit Whitby to see where Cook first set sail from before returning across the North York Moors via Guisborough.

We are really flexible in terms of the day on this driver guided tour and we are able to stop wherever or however long you want. As well as Captain Cook’s heritage – the day is a great way to see at first hand the treasures of some of the North York Moors and Coast.

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