Just a stone’s throw from Staxton Vale is the breathtaking Heritage Coast. Running the length of the North York Moors National Park, from Saltburn to Filey, this stretch of coast boasts rich maritime history, fascinating geology and spectacular wildlife. Here are four of its highlights, practically on the doorstep of your luxury lodge.
The Bempton Cliffs RSPB Nature Reserve is home to an unmissable wildlife spectacle. Between March and October, around half a million seabirds – including puffins, gannets, razorbills and kittiwakes – gather here to raise their new families in the mighty chalk cliffs. From six viewpoints on the cliff tops (three of them fully accessible), you can safely view the nesting birds and surrounding North Sea coastline.
This vast and secluded stretch of unspoiled beach is truly one of the hidden gems of the Heritage Coast. With views to Flamborough Head to the south and Filey Brig to the North, Hunmanby Gap boasts a stunning panorama. The nearest village of Hunmanby was once the largest in Great Britain, but now it is known as ‘The Gateway to the Wolds’. Rarely busy, the sands which line the coast here are perfect for long blustery dog walks in winter and peaceful sunbathing in summer.
Robin Hood’s Bay
This Picture Book Perfect fishing village marks the Eastern end of the 190-mile Coast to Coast walk. Its heritage has a darker side too, because it used to be the most notorious smuggling community on the Yorkshire Coast. Today, its charming cobbled streets wind down to a sandy beach, dotted with rocky pools. It is an ideal base for walking, cycling and horseback riding.
Opposite Robin Hood’s Bay, just 10 miles north of Scarborough, the picturesque village of Ravenscar is nestled. Starting here, you can take in the stunning views by walking the 3-mile long Ravenscar Trail or visit the nearby Peak Alum Works to learn about the industrial history and geology of the area.
All of these unique and beautiful locations are an easy drive from your luxury lodge at Staxton Vale.