This well-kept secret is the perfect little adventure out along the Yorkshire Coast. The cove, which used to be a busy port is now empty besides a few remnants of its industrial past. Found in between Runswick Bay and the fish village of Staithes it’s a great day out and well worth a visit.
Used by boats in the mid-nineteenth century for mining ironstone, the port would have had boats coming into the harbour to ship the materials out to Jarrow. Port Mulgrave is now a shrine for the long lost past of the Yorkshire Coast.
You can enjoy a four-mile circular walk from the fishing village of Staithes along the coastal cliffs on the Cleveland Way towards Port Mulgrave, before heading back inland via beautiful countryside and ancient woodland. The Cleveland Way National Trail offers some astonishing coastal views. Be aware that there are some steep cliffs as you head out from Staiths.
At Port Mulgrave, you can enjoy the little bit of history in this hidden cove whilst enjoying the view along the towering Yorkshire Coastline, whilst listening to the gentle crash of the waves on the small pebbled harbour, and its fisherman shacks along the bottom.
It is a steep decline down to the Port, but it is definitely worth the trip down. Why not go fossil hunting on the pebble beach.
Heading back to Staithes you can either return via the way you came or head inland towards Chapel Hill and through the ancient woodland past Wellbank and Seaton Hall back towards the cobbled streets of Staithes. You can enjoy a nice well deserved pint at the Cod & Lobster and some food.
The view from the cliffs at night of Staithes is a real romantic warmth to it. The flicker of lights creates Yorkshire’s own Amalfi Coast, with less wine and more ales.