Sunsets. There’s never one the same and it’s probably why we, photography enthusiasts, try to capture such fleeting moments as much as possible – wherever chance takes us. There are a number of places famous for their sunsets and luckily we’re able to see most of them published all over the internet. Some of them would be the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Santorini, in Greece, Yosemite National Park in California, Uluru in Australia, Angkor in Cambodia and Catania in Italy.
There was an article published once featuring the British population on their view about the most beautiful sunsets. Many have only recommended the above mentioned sights/sites and none of any in England. But, there are many wonderful places to view sunsets that the UK boasts too, a long list of them if you may. Some of them would be the Primrose Hill in London, Durham Cathedral in Durham, Port Talbot in Southwales, Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh, Crosby Sands in Liverpool and of course ride up the Manchester wheel for a spectacular view of the city.
One of the most overlooked (in my humble opinion) is Staithes, an unassuming seaside village in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire in England. It’s part of the large stretch of the coast of Yorkshire. The Staithes is easily accessible with flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport via Eastern airways then a train or two from there. Flights are available from London Gatwick, Bristol, Newquay, Plymouth, and other cities of the UK.
Staithes, once a fishing center in England is now a major tourist attraction. And for good reason too. Staithes has a sheltered harbor bordered by high cliffs and two breakwaters. These make for a breathtaking view on the Yorkshire coast. The setting of the sun in Staithes becomes a picturesque orgy for the eyes or camera lens. ^_^ It’s simply magnificent.
Back in the nineteenth century, a group of young British impressionists used to congregate here to paint Staithes’ high cliffs, wild seas and cottages which have been beaten by storms. Even today, painters and art aficionados continue to visit Staithes to be enchanted by its rough beauty. They travel far and wide to experience firsthand the splendor that is Staithes. What other proof is there that true beauty never grows old?
Whether you’re an artist, a photographer or simply a rundown yuppie looking for a change of scenery, Staithes is definitely a place you should add to your “to visit” list. Coming to Staithes will make you see things in a whole new (sun)light.