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Headland and Sea - Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay


Huddled precariously on the rocks, the charismatic fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay holds secrets of an exciting and dangerous history.  It originally offered a secluded hideaway to 18th century smugglers, who took advantage of the maze of alleyways and inter-connecting houses scattered down the hillside. This used to be the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire coast and although a dangerous game, smuggling brought in huge money. Besides, being surrounded by three sides of vast, marshy moorland meant the smugglers had the much needed privacy to operate in this risky trade.

There is much speculation regarding the origin of the name ‘Robin Hood’s Bay’. Legend has it that the notorious outlaw kept boats in the little bay in case he needed a quick getaway to the continent. Some folk say that when French pirates pinched goods from local fishing boats, Hood fought with them until they surrendered, he would then return the loot to the grateful villagers.

Robin Hood’s Bay is great for exploring in the many rock pools, particularly during low tide. Children will love looking for shrimps, crabs and if they are lucky, maybe even a fossil or two - the bay is well known for fossil hunting!

Vehicle access for non-residents is denied in the main village, however at the top of the hill there is ample parking available. The walk down to the village is steep and a little strenuous but well worth the effort and there are plenty of cafés to rest and refresh if required on the way. The area has numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and campsites within walking distance from the seafront. Located just 5 miles south of Whitby, and 15 miles north of Scarborough, this is the ideal location for exploring the Yorkshire coastline and North York Moors National Park.