Runswick Bay & Staithes - Runswick Bay is one of the most attractive villages on the North Yorkshire coats and a paradise for artists and photographers. Its cottages perch randomly and almost precariously on a series of hillside terraces above the beach and the streets are little more than narrow passageways and flights of steps, which continually open up new vistas as they twist and turn between the close-packed buildings. Both Runswick Bay and Staithes are highly individual coastal villages: the former a picturesque jumble of cottages above a fine sandy beach, the latter an old harbour beside a steep-sided inlet, still with a strong Victorian atmosphere. The first half of the suggested 8 mile (with 475ft of ascent) BLACK walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes goes inland, following an attractive route across fields, by farms and through woodlands. The return journey is along a memorable stretch of the North Sea coast which affords spectacular views.