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Real Staithes

Explore the village & coast with local expert Sean

This is a great day with local fisherman and conservationist Sean. You are only able to book this tour on limited dates but it truly is a day to remember. As the walk is around the coast it can also only be run at certain times to allow us to avoid high tide.

The day takes a tour of the foreshore as you walk from the beautiful fishing village of Staithes on the Yorkshire Coast around the base of the cliffs before arriving in Port Mulgrave. You will look for remains of the former world which inhabited the area when the land was covered in a deep tropical sea. You will look for dinosaur bones and fossils, from the circular ammonite (once known as snakestones), the pointed belemnite and the devils toe nail!

You will also look for evidence of past industries - the area was important in a thriving ironstone industry once and also played its part in both the Jet and Alum industries of the past.

The walk covers a range of topics from foraging and edible plants on the foreshore, to the wildlife and life in the rockpool. As you walk around the cliffs we can also see the strata and explain the local geology of the area.

On arrival at the abandoned port of Port Mulgrave, bombed by our own troops in the second world war to avoid it being used as a landing point for the enemy - you will meet Sean's wife Tricia at his fishermans hut. Here you will have a wonderful al fresco Lobster lunch around a roaring fire. A wonderful treat.

You will then climb the steep cliff up an old path and walk back around the headland following the Cleveland Way back to Staithes arriving in time for afternoon tea.

Please note: Bookings for Real Staithes tours should be made directly with Sean or his wife Tricia at Real Staithes. Check Sean's website for more information...

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