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Staithes and Cowbar Nab

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Staithes and Cowbar Nab
Author: , Published: 22 Dec 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide star0 Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide star0 Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide star0 Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide star0 Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Staithes
Walk Type: Coastal
Staithes and Cowbar Nab
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide boot Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide boot Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide boot Staithes and Cowbar Nab Walking Guide
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IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2016, the National Trust closed access to Cowbar Nab due to landslips. When following this walk, you will need to follow the shorter version of the route, excluding Cowbar Nab, given as an option within the directions.

A 2 mile walk around the picturesque village of Staithes. The walk starts above the village in the car park before descending into Staithes and having a good look around. There is an option to climb up onto Cowbar Nab before walking out to the harbour. The walk returns through Staithes. The walk affords excellent coastal and countryside views and, if the option of climbing up to Cowbar Nab is taken, stunning views of Staithes from above.

The walk has several steep climbs and descents, with steps and bridges. Most of it is on paved roads and pavements, but Cowbar Nab is an unmade footpath and caution is suggested if climbing this landmark as the cliff edges are very exposed and steep. The Nab is accessed by a stile. A difficulty rating of 4/5 is given because of the nature of Cowbar Nab.

Staithes is clearly signposted and is on the A174 between Saltburn in the North and Whitby in the South. Car parking is above the village and is pay and display. Toilets are also provided above the village in the car park. Nearest post code TS13 5AD.

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Walk Sections

Start to High Street
Start to High Street

Start point: 54.5559 lat, -0.7938 long
End point: 54.5591 lat, -0.7923 long

On leaving the car park turn right down Staithes Lane. There is a vantage point on the left which is a popular place to take photos and Cowbar Nab can be seen ahead. Enjoy strolling down through the narrow twisty High Street.

High Street to Harbour
High Street to Harbour

Start point: 54.5591 lat, -0.7923 long
End point: 54.5586 lat, -0.7899 long

Eventually the road turns to the right. Follow this and carry on down to the harbour. Here there are excellent views of the harbour and Cowbar Nab.

Harbour to Narrow Passage
Harbour to Narrow Passage

Start point: 54.5586 lat, -0.7899 long
End point: 54.5592 lat, -0.7924 long

Once you’ve finished exploring the harbour area ascend back up the hill (the way you came), but when the road turns to the left look for a little narrow passageway in front of you. Take this path down and over a bridge. This path forms part of the Cleveland Way.

Narrow Passage to Overlook
Narrow Passage to Overlook

Start point: 54.5592 lat, -0.7924 long
End point: 54.5588 lat, -0.7944 long

Once over the bridge, you need to decide if you want to climb up Cowbar Nab. There are excellent views of Staithes from Cowbar Nab, but care needs to be taken as there are no hand rails or barriers at the edge of the cliff.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2016, the National Trust closed access to Cowbar Nab due to landslips. When following this walk, you will now need to follow the shorter version of the route, excluding Cowbar Nab, given as an option within the directions.

If you decide to give Cowbar Nab a miss, turn right, skip the instructions below and pick up the instructions in the section called 'Cowbar Nab to Harbour Plaque'.

To continue to Cowbar Nab, turn left. Climb up the hill past the houses on the right, and where the path turns to the right look for a few steps to your left. You can climb these to get a view over Staithes.

Overlook to Cowbar Nab
Overlook to Cowbar Nab

Start point: 54.5588 lat, -0.7944 long
End point: 54.5602 lat, -0.7916 long

Return to the road and carry on climbing. Where the road turns to the left there is a stile on the right. Look to the left for excellent views of the coast. Go over the stile and follow the path across the top of the Nab. Near the end the path turns to the right and there is another short section which gets you to the best vantage point. *** IMPORTANT NOTE: Proceed with extreme care at this point and don’t get too close to the edge. ***

Once you’ve had your fill of the view return the way you came back to the road. Descend back down to the bridge. Do not cross the bridge, instead go past it towards the harbour.

Cowbar Nab to Harbour Plaque
Cowbar Nab to Harbour Plaque

Start point: 54.5602 lat, -0.7916 long
End point: 54.5607 lat, -0.7885 long

Follow the road past the houses on your left. Look out for a signboard that tells you about Old Jack’s Boat TV series with Bernard Cribbins. Walk around the end of the Nab and onto the harbour wall. Note the heavy concrete baffles that are bolted down, despite their weight!

Walk to the end of the harbour wall where you will find a memorial plaque and by turning round you get excellent views of Staithes and Cowbar Nab. Whether you climbed it or not, it looks impressive from down here.

Harbour Plaque to End
Harbour Plaque to End

Start point: 54.5607 lat, -0.7885 long
End point: 54.5559 lat, -0.7938 long

Retrace your steps past the houses and turn left over the bridge. Turn right after passing through the narrow passage way and climb back up to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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