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Staithes

Staithes, TS13 5DF

Explore the unique charm of the seaside village of Staithes in this digital treasure trail. Once one of the largest fishing ports in the North-East Staithes is now a popular tourist spot.

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3 kms

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Please note: This trail has numerous hills, steps, and cobbled paths.

Start your trail at Captain Cook's cottage on Church Street, close to the Cod & Lobster pub on the seafront.
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Captain Cook's Cottage
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Begin your trail at Captain Cooks Cottage, located on Church Street, close to the Cod & Lobster pub. Look for a metal plaque on the cottage.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

The young James Cook worked as an assistant to which merchant in Staithes for 18 months? (two words)
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James Cook arrived in Staithes in 1745, aged 16 to work for William Sanderson as an apprentice grocer. His apprenticeship was short-lived as he fell in love with the sea!. Photo: Portrait by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, c. 1775,

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A (Very) Narrow Alley
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Face Captain Cooks Cottage and walk to the left. After a short distance (only a few doors down) look for an incredibly narrow ginnel (alley) with a name that includes a domestic pet.
What is the name of the narrow ginnel? (two words)
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It is claimed that Dog Loup is the narrowest street in the UK measuring only eighteen inches wide. Rumours tell that once upon a time local children would use it as an escape route from the portly village policeman.

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Barrass Square
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Face the cottage then walk right towards the High Street (keeping the pub and seafront to your right). After a short walk turn left, up some steps, into Barrass Square. Continue along the cobbled alley at the far-right of the square and search the wall on your left for memorial to Baron Sparrow.
Baron Sparrow, also known as Spadger (which is a slang term for a sparrow.) died in March of which year?
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The Old Stubble
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Continue upwards along the narrow alley. Turn left after a few steps, and continue up until you reach small flagtone area at the top.
Look on a building to your left (opposite the wooden fence) and find the name of this small hill. (two words)
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A photo of Staithes taken in the 1940's from the top of Cow Bar Bank taken by William F. Taylor

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To The Top
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Continue upwards, walking around a small cottage, to the summit of Mount Pleasant and find two benches overlooking the sea.
Find the plaque to Captain Tom Hall (1921 - 2004). The plaque refers to Captain Tom as a man of... what? (one word)
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Believed originally to be a Viking settlement. Staithes in old English means ‘A Landing Place’. Staithes is known by locals as ‘Steers’.

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Staithes Beck
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Return to the Mount Pleasant sign, then with your back to the sign follow the steps down to Staithes High Street (following a fence on your left-hand side). Cross the High Street at the corner and walk through a narrow alleyway ( signposted as 'Coastal Path') to a footbridge over the Staithes Beck.
Cross the bridge and look for a plaque by the slipway (be careful on the slipway) titled "Jane Ward's Kipper Curing House". In which year was the building demolished to allow the construction of this stone retaiing wall?
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By the 19th century the Staithes fishing industry was the largest on the North East Coast and involved the whole community. Photo date and credits unknown.

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RNLI Staithes
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After crossing the bridge turn right and follow the path towards the sea front. Continue until you reach the lifeboat station.
How many arched windows (technically they are called 'trefoil arches') can be found in the old sandstone lifehouse building?
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In January 1978 an Atlantic 21 Class lifeboat was sent to Staithes for evaluation trials, which were successful and an inshore lifeboat station was established in March 1978. Photo: Staithes Harbour c1940.

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Harbour Pier
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If the weather conditions are favourable carefully continue along the footpath to reach the end of the harbour pier. IMPORTANT: Do not access the harbour pier in treacherous weather conditions or turbulent seas, instead click 'Help' then 'Autocomplete'.
At the end of the pier search for a plaque titled "Reconstruction of Staithes Breakwater" This plaque was unveiled by the Marquis of Normanby on the 3th April in which year?
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Because of the treacherous coast a high level of seamanship was needed, this made the local men targets for press-ganging (forcably enlisted into service the the navy). Many Staithes ‘pressed’ men weresadly killed at the Battle of Trafalgar. Image: 1780 caricature of a press gang.

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Cowbar Bank
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Exit the harbour pier and walk back towards the footbridge over Staithes Beck. Do not cross the footbridge, instead continue up the steep road known as Cowbar Bank.
At a bend in the road look for a National Trust sign on your right-hand side. What is the name of the area accessible beyond the gate? (two words)
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Close to some of the the highest cliffs in England, the old village is tucked between two headlands (nabs) Penny Nab and Cowbar Nab. Photo: Peter Church / Wikipedia 2006

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A Famous Path
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Do not enter Cowbar Nab, but continue walking along Cowbar Bank road until you reach a small srossroads after a short distance. On your right look for a wooden signpost pointing to the clifftop pathway.
What is the name of the famous walking route identified by this signpost, alongside an acorn? (two words)
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A Seat With A View
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Turn right at the junction and follow the scenic clifftop path. After a few hundred metres look for a lone stone bench to the right of the path.
What are the two words carved into the stone bench on the side that faces towards Staithes?
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Wiggy's Bench
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Turn around and walk back along the clifftop path, raturning to the junction with Cowbar Bank. Turn left and head back towards Staithes. After a short distance look for a bench by the Cowbar Bank Cottages on your right.
The plaque on the bench invites you to "Have a sit with Wiggy". By what other nickname was Wiggy also known? (three words)
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Back To The Bridge
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Continue walking back down Cowbar Bank and return to the footbridge you previously used to cross Staithes Beck. Look for an information board titled "Heritage Coast" next to the "Jane Ward's Kipper Curing House" plaque you discovered previously.
Staithes is famous for which item of traditional fisherwomen's clothing that is still worn on special occasions? (one word)
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Staithes Bonnets were the traditional headwear worn by the women to protect them as they carried heavy baskets laden with fish on their heads – you can see some of the bonnets in the Heritage Centre. Photo: Gazette Live

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A Former Church
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Cross the footbridge and turn immediately right onto Beckside. Follow the path parallel with Staithes Beck until you reach a three-storey brick building that was formerly a Methodist Church.
Which two words can be read on the slate plaque to the right of the main entrance?
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Staithes has long been popular with artists. In the late 19th century several artists came to Staithes to paint and became known as the Staithes Group of Artists. And today staithes is still magnet for artists.

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Staithes Heritage Centre
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Continue along Beckside, walking past the former Methodist Church. After a short distance Beckside bears left, then shortly after it forms a junction with Staithes Lane. Look for the 'Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre' opposite in the building formerly used as a Primitive Mehodist Chapel.
In which year was the Primitive Methodist Chapel built?
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A Gallant Fisherman
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Turn left at the junction and follow Staithes Lane towards the High Street. Follow the road round the corner to the right and search the High Street for a large clock & barometer mounted in a sandstone frame (opposite Boathouse Yard).
What is the name of the gallant Staithes fisherman who lost his life in an attempt to rescue a drowning bather in 1957? (two words)
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Staithes was a favoured smuggler’s landing spot. Tea was a favourite item, but there was rum and brandy, too. There were secret signs and tunnels, hiding places under flagstones, and a myriad of tricks and ruses to avoid authorities.

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Coastal Defence
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Continue along the High Street and walk past past the Cod & Lobster pub until you reach the promenade at the seafront. Search for a metal plaque mounted on a large stone.
In April of which year was a £3.5 million improvement scheme to the Staithes harbour sea defence completed?
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