Visiting North Yorkshire’s Saltburn, Staithes and North Shire

After heading to Saltburn to make the most of the sunshine this half term I decided to have a little adventure with the girls,  the best thing is they are all within 10 miles of each other and all truly magical places to visit!

Arriving at Saltburn with it being February and my girls having a different half term to the children here, it was lovely and quite easy to find a parking space which at weekends can be quite a task.

We headed along to the beach huts and then down onto the beach, it was such a warm day we were able to sit and enjoy some time playing in the sand, watching the sea.  There are lots of things to do in Saltburn but we found a lot closed whilst we visited, like the mini golf and Oscar’s chip shop, where we would normally go for lunch. We did get the arcades pretty much to ourselves though.

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There is the beautiful Victorian pier you can take a walk along and the funicular lift which sadly wasn’t open when we visited, gets lots of attention not surprisingly as the cliff lift is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the United Kingdom. Despite not everything being open midweek in February, no surprise really, it is still a beautiful place to go and explore. You can read more about whats at Saltburn including the Valley Gardens on my previous Blog here.

After a lovely wander along the beach and winning tickets in the arcades and exchanging for some sweets we headed up into the town to get some chips, as the one which was open on the seafront had a very long line and I had only put two hours parking on the car, time goes very fast in a place Saltburn when your having so much fun! We found a little chip shop open and a small wait we got to tuck into some yummy chips before heading off on the next part of our day.

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We headed along the A174 toward Staithes, close to Staithes I pulled off the A174  at Cowbar Lane, parked up in the lane and we had a 1.4-mile walk along the Cleveland Way into Staithes. We had some amazing views of the sea fret still lingering. We headed down the steep hill into Staithes Harbour and despite most of it again being closed it is still a magical place to wander, especially the old narrow streets steeped in history.

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You get some truly amazing views of the unspoilt harbour, once the home of Captain Cook, as you walk down the hill. You may need to stop a few times to catch a breather on the way back up mind.

Staithes is somewhere you must visit even out of season it holds so much charm.

I can’t wait to visit again soon.

A walk back to the car which wasn’t without some grumbling from the kids, but I had a plan and was able to tempt them along a little faster with the next destination and a promise of a treat once we arrived.

Back along the A174 towards Saltburn but taking a left turn onto Grinkle Lane in Easington we headed towards North Shire.


North Shire is a beautiful Family Farm located in the outstanding North York Moors set amongst 6 acres of Beautiful old English countryside. With some magical accommodation available to stay in including the hobbit house, shepherds huts and space for caravan and camping. The UK’s quirkiest campsite. A magical storybook like place, great for adventures. Within driving distance for some of North Yorkshires best Seaside towns and villages.

The visit today was to visit The Green Dragon, from arriving and seeing the beautiful set up of the campsite we couldn’t wait to step inside. Inside we were greeted firstly by the most friendly little cat Salem.  The decor inside is magical and the music playing really helps sets the scene.

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I’ve included a little video below.



The Green Dragon Pie House and Tea Room serves rustic homemade locally sourced pies as well as a range of delightful treats including the delicious flavoured ice cream we enjoyed on our visit.

As we sat enjoying the ice cream we spotted a visitor entering the doorway Merlin the Peacock, who had turned up for a feed, as the lady who had served us explained he waits for the chickens to disappear as they rule the roost.

Willow enjoyed having fun on the play area and we also had a closer look at some of the accommodation available. The girls where amazed by the Hobbit Hole, we could also see Hagrid’s Hut taking shape and looking amazing! They are taking bookings if you contact them via phone as it isn’t on the website yet.

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So many exciting developments on the site as they are also working on the Enchanted Barn another new addition. If you pop over to their Instagram page here you can see some photos of the developments. You can also find the Facebook page here which sometimes has last minute cancellations available and you can find out about any upcoming events.


Have you stayed at North Shire? or ventured into Saltburn or Staithes out of season lately? If so let me know of your experience and favourite places below.





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