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To save wasting anyone's time there is NO PARKING in Staithes, least not on the streets of the old town.
If you're loading or unloading you can stop for a short while but more than likely you will be blocking the very narrow streets so forget any possibility of leaving your car abandoned for any period of time. There are some parking spaces but these are all private and for permanent residents only. Be warned that Wheel clamps are in use in some places.
If you are a day tripper then your best bet is to leave your car in the Public Car Park at the top of the hill by the Old Station don't even think of taking your car down into the old town as you will only have to bring it back up again. There are 100 plus spaces here for cars and coaches. Charges vary from £1.20 for 2 hours to £4.50 for 24 hours but only between March and October, in the dead of winter it's free! One advantage is that if you do buy a long stay ticket you will find it is also valid for the other car parks in the Scarborough Borough area including those at Whitby.
There is more at http://www.staithes-town.info/business/parking.htm
Staithes is Steep
As I have mentioned , cars are not allowed into the village so you have to walk, going down isint too bad , coming up is a different matter. Not recommended for people with walking difficulties, young mums with pushchairs!!
The sea mist
This picture was taken just up the road from Staiths at Redcar, 30 mins after this you could not see for more than 30 yards due to the sea mist that had come in very very quickly, it was quite frightening just how fast it had come in, you could actually see it rolling up the beach, we thought that there had been a fire somewhere. Warning, be aware!!
Windy Wet Street Leading Down Into Town
You will need to be careful on this street in wintertime - talk to the tourist info man in the parking above the Old Town for better details.
It requires a bit of stamina...