Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 28, 2017

Staithes and the Yorkshire Coast

Staithes harbour nestles between the cliffs of Cowbar Nab and Penny Steel.

The boats are ready to put to sea in a working harbour.

(note the red one moored to the harbour wall, which takes visitors out to sea for whale watching – more of which in the next post!).

A walk out of the village along the Yorkshire coastline gives fine views.

This wheat is ready to be harvested from the fields on the cliff tops.

Old Nab juts out into the sea.

And on the shoreline of Brackenberry Wyke, home to Jurassic fossils and seabirds, Oystercatchers are feeding.

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Thorndale shaft marks the end of this stretch of bay before the next one.

The Jurassic geology is well exposed here, with sandstone atop mudstones. Beneath lies the ancient Triassic seas, now mined at Boulby for their rich seams of potash and halite.

Crossing past Port Mulgrave, the harvest is again evident.

On the loop back to Staithes lies Oakrigg Wood, home to 65 varieties of oak.

Finally back to Staithes, here’s a view overlooking Cowbar Farm with Boulby Cliffs in the distance.


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