From start to finish my day out with Sean, Tricia and their two sons was packed with the sort of experiences you thought were only written about in children’s adventure stories.
Just 20 minutes drive from Crag House Farm and a walk down into the heart of old Staithes and like the Famous Five our small group set off to explore this fascinating jurassic coastline.
Talk of smugglers, ship wrecks and life boats, Sean is skipper of the Staithes lifeboat and a great storyteller, so shock, horror and amusement kept us all intrigued.
Remnants of the Jet, Alum and Ironstone mining are littered over the foreshore and in the majestic cliffs. Three hours whistled by as we went rock pooling, sampling seaweed, hauling in Sean’s lobster pots and searching for (and finding) fossils. We rounded the headland to Port Mulgrave, where Tricia was waiting for us, she had prepared in her beautiful organic beach hut a true feast. Homemade tomato soup, a fresh whole lobster each, smoked mackerel pate, kelp crisps ,salads, herb and seaweed butters, cake and more, all washed down with lashings of homemade elderflower champagne. Gorgeous!
Friendships were made, more foraging, more stories then we climbed to the top of the cliffs with dramatic views. We looked down to the sea below which covered our route there was no way back now the tide was right in to the base of the cliffs. We walked along the cliff tops back into Staithes past Sean and Tricia’s lovely white cottage and so home to bed tired and happy.
Sean and Tricia offer other exciting days to remember too. Fish for Mackerel then come straight back and cook it there and then! Learn from Tricia the ancient art of finding and making organic dyes from the foreshore elements. Just click on their website and learn more. I highly recommend. www.realstaithes.com