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Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, England

By Edited Jun 11, 2015 1 3

Approaching the village
Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire lies about seven miles along the coast, to the south of Whitby. My first visit was about 14 years ago, although we were actually holidaying in Whitby.

Arising one morning, to a beautiful, clear late spring day, we set off up the steps to the ruins that include Whitby Church and Monastery. As the day looked so clear, we decided that an after breakfast walk was needed. We set out along the cliffs, following what is known as the Cleveland Way. It was not our intention to walk as far as Robin Hood's Bay but somehow or otherwe did.

The walk is approxiamtely seven miles.

From the cliff walk
This walk takes in a large part of the coastal countryside of North Yorkshire. As we were both dressed in casual day wear, wearing only sandals on our feet, I suppose it was lucky that the day stayed so warm and clear. The North Yorkshire coast can have dense fogs, especially in Spring. The walk turned into a bit of a marathon. It became too far to go back, but still too long a distance to the end, and it seemed as if would go on forever.

Then, all of a sudden we were there.

We had seen some fine scenery on our journey but nothing to compare to the sight of Robin Hood's Bay, as we approached it. We were on the cliffs, at the North of the bay and, as you look down, you can see the full sweep of Robin Hood's bay.

Red rooftops
The traditional houses have red tiled roofs and are very higgledy piggledy in shape. We stopped at the first cafe, which was just as we left the cliff approach. After welcome refreshment we set off to explore this beautiful place.

Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

There is a small village, with a few bus stops, and some lovely surrounding countryside. However, the tourists tend to head down to the sea front.

The beach is not a lovely sandy beach, although it is sandy in parts. Fishing boats are launched from here and, when the tide is out, the beach is a mixture of sand, stones and rock pools. It does feel like an unspoilt natural beach which is nice. It is one of those beaches that children who love exploring rock pools, will adore. When the tide is in it comes very close to the buildings at the front.

Heading down to the sea front
The actual walk down to beach is part of the attraction at Robin Hood's Bay, as it is all down hill and through a real mish mash of shops, pubs and buildings.

Parts of the walk down have railings which you can use to steady yourself in bad weather, as it is so steep. Obviously, the walk down is generally a doddle but the walk back is another matter, altogether. Still, you can keep stopping at ice cream stalls, pubs and cafes for much needed refreshment. Among the buildings there is at least one museum, a church, some houses and many more unusual shops, rather than the old run of the mill seaside shops.

I have visited Robin Hood's Bay many times since, and have always enjoyed my visit.

The air is clean and fresh and the whole area is so picturesque whenever you visit, although it looks different depending on the time of year. I have only ever visited as a day tripper though, from either Scarborough or Whitby.

There is plenty of bed and breakfast accomodation, where you could stay, and there is at least one caravan park. Wherever you choose to stay, in this part of the world, there are cities, such as Leeds, Newcastle and Hull within easy reach. There are also coastal resorts such as Bridlington, Flamborough, Filey, Whitby, Scarborough and Hornsea within easy reach.

North Yorkshire has the moors, which at times are a purple mass of heather and are lovely to drive through and stop for a picnic. York is quite close by and full of history and attractions, such as the Jorvik Viking Museum. There are theme parks such as Flamingo Land within a short distance.

The bus service is quite good and you can buy special passes which will take you all over the county. Ask at the local Tourist Offices, for full details. You can take a bus to Scarborough and catch a train here to areas such as the West Riding of Yorkshire and the Wolds.

Overall, Robin Hood's Bay has much to offer, as does it's surrounding areas. One of it's underrated specialties is locally caught fish and chips which is simply, the best.



Jan 13, 2010 2:31am
I wish I didnt hate flying and then I could come over and have alook at all these places.
Jan 13, 2010 9:14am
and I would love to see Australia. We shall have to settle for virtually, for now :)
Jun 26, 2010 3:09pm
Excellent review of this neglected part of England. It is a good few yeras since I was there, but this brings it all back, thanks
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