Fishing and foraging on the North Yorkshire coast

Staithes, North Yorkshire

Climb aboard a family boat and learn how to catch, clean and cook mackerel on the beach with Real Staithes.

Real Staithes – a family-run business operating out of a rugged North York Moors National Park fishing village – brings in the catch and keeps food miles down.  

Their mackerel-fishing trips on the family boat, ‘All My Sons’, recall the days when Staithes’ boats dominated the local coast.

Hear tales of a skipper’s life, before finishing up on the beach to learn how to clean, smoke and grill mackerel that an hour before were swimming fin-loose and fancy free in the North Sea.

Sustainable food is at the heart of Real Staithes’ other trips and experiences – like the foreshore discovery walks, where you help haul in lobster pots, bait lines and forage for shellfish and edible seaweed.

Lunch is campfire soup, boiled lobster, handpicked seafood and homemade cake, served up at a ramshackle fisherman’s hut in a hideaway corner of the coast. 

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PClimb aboard 'All My Sons' with Real Staithes © Tony Bartholomew/NYMNP
SSean from Real Staithes preparing the mackerel © North York Moors National Park
CCooking the mackerel © North York Moors National Park
LLobster caught off the Yorkshire coast shoreline © North York Moors National Park
SStaithes, historic fishing village in the North York Moors National Park © Brian Nicholson_NYMNPA
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