Captain Cook Country
This land of contrasts stretches from the historic port of Whitby, with its ancient clifftop abbey, north along miles of unspoiled rugged coastline to the seaside resorts of Saltburn and Redcar and onto the Tees River and Cook’s birthplace at Marton in Middlesbrough.
Inland across the dramatic North York Moors Captain Cook Country takes in quiet market towns and peaceful villages leading back to Whitby along the valley of the River Esk.
Follow in the footsteps of the young James Cook and take in the visual splendour of the beautiful and often breathtaking North Yorkshire and Cleveland coast and countryside along the Cook Country Tour.
The Cook Country Tour starts at the award-winning Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton where the latest computer technology is used to tell Cook's story, his naval career, voyages of discovery and his world-wide influence.
The small town of Great Ayton has spacious greens alongside the river Leven and is the place where James Cook attended school, paid for by his father's employer Thomas Scottowe. Here he learned the basics of mathematics which would enable him to learn the navigation skills he became famous for later in life.
The school is now the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum, celebrating his life in the locality. Elsewhere in the village is the old All Saints Parish Church,where the Cook family regularly worshipped. In the graveyard are the graves of his mother and five of his brothers and sisters. Full trail here.