Narrow cobbled street and winding alleyways lead down to the old harbour and sandy beach. Although popular with tourists this ancient village is a beautiful and fascinating pace to visit.
Although the area was settled as early as the Bronze Age the first settlers were Norse, surviving by fishing and farming. The settlement was slightly inland but after the Norman Conquest and the threat of sea raiders decreased houses were slowly built by the shore. By 1540 there were 50 houses by the harbour and by the late 16th century the village was more important that Whitby.
By the late 18th century smuggling was rife, the isolated protected harbour providing the perfect location. It is thought that many of the local fisherman were involved in smuggling and many of the houses had secret hiding places and linking tunnels.