Be the highest person on the East Coast of England at Boulby Cliff, Staithes

  • Be the highest person on the East Coast of England at Boulby Cliff, Staithes
This is a walk that offers two extremes: the chance to be the highest and then the lowest person on the east coast of England!

At 203 metres, Boulby Cliff is the highest cliff on the east coast. Standing at the top is a powerful and exhilarating experience with spectacular views over the landscape below. Have a look out for the numerous quarries that have left their mark on the landscape, a sign of the important Alum and Ironstone industries. How many can you spot?

A visit to Staithes brings you back down to earth as it is the lowest part of the landscape. Once the largest fishing port on the east coast and famous for its hundreds of years of mineral production, Staithes has a unique character with quaint cottages and winding streets making it feel like a place lost in time.

Today, Staithes is of great interest to amateur and professional geologists. The area is commonly referred to as the ‘Dinosaur Coast’ because the rocks all date from the Jurassic period. Today, you can still find fossils from this period along the picturesque beach. Imagine what it would have been like here when dinosaurs walked the Earth...!

There are two walks to choose from: a circular route and a linear, there-and-back route. Download the walking leaflet (below) for details.

If you are after the personal touch, Real Staithes offer a brilliant day out, packed with different discoveries about the area that stimulate all the senses. More information is available at

Please note: take extra care along the cliff-edge path, especially when accompanied by children.


Walking leaflet: 

Location map

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Staithes top car park
8 km (5 miles)
3 hours
OS Map: 
OL27 North York Moors Eastern area